Folate is a substance that we get in small amounts through almost all food. Folate is needed for the body to be able to form red blood cells and new cells, when cell formation increases such as e.g. during pregnancy or when growing, the need for folate increases.
Folate is also recognized under the name folic acid, but these are two different forms of the same B vitamin. You get folate naturally through the diet, if there is an increased need, the artificial form of folate, folic acid, can be supplied extra through, for example, dietary supplements and fortification.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out through a venous blood sample during a visit to the selected sampling unit.
Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 working days after taking the sample. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test results, you will receive a report in English about your values and the doctor's comment. In case of major deviations from the reference value, the doctor will call you.
To think about: Be there about 15 minutes before sampling and follow the instructions on site. No fasting is required for this test and it is therefore fine to take it at a time of day that suits you.
Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.
With a lack of folate (folic acid), anemia can occur, as the body cannot produce the red blood cells correctly. It is especially important to get the right amount of folate/folic acid in the blood before and during the first weeks of pregnancy, as levels that are too low increase the risk of spina bifida in the fetus. The risk of miscarriage is also increased with low levels of folate.
By eating a lot of folate-rich food, there is no risk of ingesting too much folate. However, a high intake of folic acid through, for example, food supplements can cause difficulties with symptoms arising from a lack of vitamin B12.
For women of childbearing age, the daily intake of folate is recommended at 300 micrograms, for pregnant and lactating women 500 micrograms applies. Young people over 14 and adults are recommended 300 micrograms. See the Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverkt) for recommendations regarding children. Many people today get too little folate through food, during pregnancy it is especially important and therefore folic acid supplements are recommended both before and during pregnancy.
Foods that contain a lot of folate are beans, lentils, chickpeas, various types of cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit and berries. Other foods that contain a relatively high amount of folate are, for example, skimmed milk and yogurt and whole grain products.
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The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.