Vitamin B12 & Folate TestMeasure the levels of vitamin B12 and folate in your blood which are essential vitamins for red/white blood cells, a healthy nervous system, tissue and cell repair and DNA creation. Read more
Vitamin B12 and folate must be supplied by the diet or through supplementation because the body is not able to produce them. Vitamin B12 and folate deficiency (low levels of vitamin B12 or folate) may be due to limited dietary intake, poor absorption, advanced age, certain medical conditions, or some medications. Low levels of vitamin B12 and folate can lead to anemia, nervous system conditions, and a variety of health issues. This test can help determine whether you have a vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.
How it works
Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anemia is a condition in which your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells due to insufficient amounts of vitamin B12 or folate (vitamin B9). Both of these vitamins are needed to make red blood cells (RBCs), which carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Your body cannot function normally without an adequate supply of oxygen-rich RBCs.
Vegetarians and vegans who want to increase their vitamin B12 intake may consider fortified foods, such as nutritional yeast, cereal grains, and plant-based milk, or taking a B12supplement to replenish the body's stores of this essential vitamin.
If you're pregnant or planning to conceive, it's important to take a folic acid supplement. Folic acid helps form the neural tube during the early stages of pregnancy and is crucial for reducing major congenital disabilities of the spine (spina bifida) and brain (anencephaly). Prenatal vitamins contain both vitamin B12 and folic acid and may be recommended by your healthcare provider if you are or plan to become pregnant.