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Folate Metabolism - Doctor's Data Kit

The folate metabolism test kit provides the levels of the primary types of folate (B-9) in plasma, which can be used in assessing disorders in essential folate metabolism and folate status.   Note: This is a pre-paid shipping test kit that will be mailed and it requires a blood draw. Please Click Here to locate a lab for specimen collection.

Sample Report

Test Code: DDF

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Methodology:

Preparation: Fasting for 10-12 hours required. Discontinue dietary supplements containing methionine, cysteine, SAMe, and vitamins containing folate 48 hours prior to collection, unless otherwise directed by your physician. Never discontinue prescription medications without first consulting your physician.

Test Results: 5-7 Business days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Plasma folate assessment provides clinical insight into aberrant folate metabolism that can significantly affect crucial methylation processes, metabolism of DNA / RNA, and metabolism of neurotransmitters. Naturally occurring folates are mostly derived from dark green leafy vegetables while synthetic folic acid is used in cereals and other processed foods under mandate. There is debate concerning synthetic folic acid because it is not considered biologically active until it is converted into activated folates, and can inhibit the metabolism of folate. Traditionally, the long-term folate status is determined as the amount of total folates in red blood cells, but this does not include clinically relevant details regarding different folate types. The folate plasma profile measures THF, UMFA, folinic acid, and 5-MTHF levels, which can be used to track clinical intervention.

Analytes tested in this test kit include:

  • 5 Methyl-tetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF)
  • Folinic Acid
  • Folic Acid
  • Tetrahydrofolate (THF)

This test can be useful for the following:

  • Prenatal Care
  • Autism
  • Folate Receptor Autoantibodies
  • Cancer/Chemotherapy
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Detoxification Impairment
  • Elevated Homocysteine
  • General Health and Longevity
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neurotransmitter Imbalances
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Assess functional folate metabolism invariants of MTHFR and COMT
  • Assess therapeutic interventions of enzymatic deficiencies of methylation

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