This test measures folate concentration in the serum, or the liquid portion of the blood, as well as in red blood cells. Folate is naturally found in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, dried beans, yeast, wheat germ, and certain other foods. Its synthetic version, folic acid, may be found in dietary supplements. Folate concentration is lower in the serum than in the red blood cells. During pregnancy, folate aids in multiplying the cells of the fetus, and it contributes to the prevention of birth defects in the spine and brain.
Why Take the Folic Acid Test?
The Folic Acid test shows a person’s nutritional status, and it can identify the cause of anemia. This also helps people with folate deficiency monitor the progress of their treatment.
Folic Acid test results arrive within 24 hours.