Folic Acid Test

Vitamin B9 Test in Delhi & Gurgaon

A brief on Folic Acid

The folic acid test, also known as a folate test, is a medical laboratory test that measures the levels of folic acid (vitamin B9) in the blood. Folic acid is an essential nutrient required for the production and maintenance of new cells, particularly red blood cells, as well as for DNA synthesis and repair.

The test is usually ordered by a healthcare provider to evaluate folic acid levels in the body, especially if there are signs or symptoms suggesting a deficiency or excess of folic acid. It can help diagnose or monitor certain conditions related to folate deficiency or excess, such as:

  • • Folic acid deficiency: Low levels of folic acid in the body can lead to anemia (low red blood cell count), fatigue, weakness, poor growth, and other symptoms. The test helps determine if folic acid supplementation is necessary
  • • Malabsorption: Some conditions, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or certain medications, can interfere with the absorption of folic acid from the diet. The test can help identify folic acid malabsorption.
  • • Pregnancy: Adequate folic acid levels are crucial during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. The test may be performed during prenatal care to ensure sufficient folic acid levels
  • • Certain medications: Some medications, like methotrexate, can interfere with folic acid metabolism. Regular monitoring of folic acid levels may be necessary during the use of such medications.