What is the vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test?
The vitamin B9 test, also known as the folate test, is used to analyse the levels of vitamin B9 in the blood. Vitamin B9 is very important for the formation of normal red blood cells, tissue and cell repair, and the synthesis of DNA. Folate deficiency might cause shortness of breath, irritability, fatigue, and weakness.
This test is done when a person experiences the symptoms of anaemia, such as weakness and pale skin. It can also be advised in a case of memory loss caused due to neuropathy to monitor the treatment of vitamin B9 deficiency.
When is vitamin B9 (Folic acid) recommended?
It is recommended:
When you have an abnormal complete blood count along with a blood smear showing large blood cells or abnormal neutrophils.
In case of symptoms of anaemia such as weakness, tiredness, and pale skin.
In case of the symptoms of neuropathy, such as tingling or itching sensations, eye twitching, memory loss, and altered mental status.
To monitor the treatment of vitamin B9 deficiency.
What does it measure?
The vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test:
Analyses the levels of vitamin B9 in the blood. Vitamin B9, also known as folate (folic acid), is a part of the B complex of vitamins. It is important for the formation of normal red blood cells (RBCs), tissue and cell repair, and the synthesis of DNA. This vitamin cannot be produced in the body, so it has to be taken into the diet.
Folate is the naturally occurring form of the vitamin, while folic acid is referred to as a supplement that is added to food and drinks. These vitamins are found in food sources such as green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, peas, dry beans, yeast, and liver. Apart from these food sources, vitamin B9 can also be found in fortified cereals (in which minerals are added), bread, and other grain products.
The deficiency of vitamin B9 (folic acid) can also lead to macrocytic anaemia, in which the size of red blood cells becomes larger than normal size. This type of macrocytic anaemia includes megaloblastic anaemia which is characterised by the production of fewer but larger red blood cells. These red blood cells are called macrocytes. Along with this, white blood cells may also be reduced, and a low platelet count can be seen.
Vitamin B9 is very important for cell division, such as in the case of developing a fetus. The deficiency of these vitamins during the early pregnancy can expose the growing fetus to the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
How long will the reports take?
You will get the reports within 36 hours after the collection of the blood sample.
What is the cost of the vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test in Bangalore?
The cost of the vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test in Bangalore is Rs.1000.
How often should I get tested for the vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test?
Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test is prescribed by your doctor after completing the assessment of your conditions.
What are the normal values of the vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test?
2.7 to 17.0 ng/ml
What is the type of sample required?
This test requires a blood sample.
What time should I get the test done?
This test can be taken at any time during the day.
Is fasting required for a vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test?
Fasting is not required for this test.
Any other precautions to be taken before getting myself tested for a vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test?
There are no specific precautions for this test.
How can I book a vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test in Bangalore?
Log into www.orangehealth.in and submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, and vaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at the time slot booked by you.
Why should I book a vitamin B9 (Folic acid) test with Orange Health in Bangalore?
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