Vitamin B9 (Folate) Testing
How to check your Vitamin B9 levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Vitamin B9 Test For?
A Vitamin B9 test is also known as a Folate or Folic Acid test.
Vitamin B9 (also known as Folate) is an important B vitamin. It helps utilise amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins, in order to form blood cells, tissue and aid cellular repair.
Vitamin B9 must be consumed regularly in the diet - typically from green vegetables and fruits. All pregnant women need increased amounts of folate for proper fetal development.
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Vitamin B9 Testing UK Statistics 2021
3.3% of people tested have Vitamin B9 levels which are too low.
The average Vitamin B9 result is 10.0 ug/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Men tend to have lower Vitamin B9 in their blood than women.
As many as one in twenty men tested have low levels of Vitamin B9
of people have Vitamin B9 blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 96.7% with normal results?
What If Vitamin B9 Test Levels Are Low?
Vitamin B9 is not stored by the body so deficiencies can occur quite quickly if it is lacking in your diet. Other risk factors can also contribute to a Vitamin B9 deficiency including if you:
- have a poor overall diet
- drink too much alcohol
- are pregnant
- have certain inherited genetic conditions, or diseases like Chrohn's disease
Vitamin B9 levels can be increased by eating foods rich in vitamin B9 including:
- animal livers
- dried nuts like hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, chestnut etc.
- green leafy vegetables such as spinach, salads, broccoli etc.
Many breakfast cereals are fortified with B vitamins, and B9 supplements are also available. Taking supplements for 3 - 4 months is usually enough for levels to return to normal.
How To Test Vitamin B9?
The Vitamin B9 (Folate) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Vitamin B9 in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Vitamin B9 levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Vitamin & Minerals Home Test Kit includes a Vitamin B9 test and is available for just £69.
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