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Folate or vitamin B9, is a water-soluble B vitamin that is found in a wide variety of foods such as leafy greens, cooked dried beans, peas, and lentils, spinach and asparagus as well as fortified foods such as breakfast cereals. Folate is necessary for normal red cell formation, tissue and cellular repair and DNA synthesis.
Pregnant women require an increased amount of folate for proper foetal development as folate is necessary for healthy cell division and low levels may lead to neural tube defects in the developing foetus.
This test measures folate levels specifically in the red blood cells which is thought to bettwe represent the reflects the body's folate stores and the folate turnover during the last 3–4 months compared with measuring serum folate levels.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Red Cell Folate is a measure of the body's store of the vitamin folate, also known as folic acid. Folate is a water soluble vitamin which means you need it in your diet every day. It plays a role in DNA creation and is important for the production of red blood cells as well as in the prevention of neural tube defects in babies.
Low levels can indicate anaemia and can be implicated in raised homocysteine levels.
We will send you your Folate (RBC) finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Folate (RBC) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Folate (RBC) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Folate (RBC) test results.
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