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Vitamin B9 is commonly known as folate or folic acid, and plays an important role in the formation of DNA, as well as maintaining healthy blood cells and nerves. A deficiency in this vitamin can cause the body to make abnormally large and malfunctioning red blood cells (megaloblastic anaemia). This can happen after a few weeks of folate deficiency, and can result in tiredness and weakness.


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What we test

  • Folate (Vitamin B9/Folic Acid)
    Folate is a type of B vitamin, also called vitamin B9 or Folic Acid. It helps your body with creating red blood cells, repairing cells and forming DNA. If left untreated, folate deficiency may result in folate deficiency anaemia. It is especially important during pregnancy for foetal development.

Who is this test for?

  • Anyone who wants to check their B9 levels
    This test can check that your folate level is in the expected range and you are getting enough vitamin B9 in your diet. Increased risk factors such as pregnancy, digestive disorders that interrupt absorption, excessive alcohol consumption or genetic factors can impact your folate levels.
  • If you are pregnant
    Folic acid supplements are also advised during pregnancy as it is an important nutrient for foetal development. This test can show whether your level is staying in the expected range.

What are the symptoms of vitamin B9 deficiency?

It should be possible for most adults to get enough vitamin B9 through their diet, but sometimes it is not the case.

Signs of deficiency can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Pins and needles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Memory problems

*Full price based on purchasing tests individually. Discount applied for purchasing tests as a package. All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

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Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Home Test Kit

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What is a folate test?

A folate test consists of a blood test that helps identify whether you have a folate deficiency. This is achieved by measuring the level of folate in the blood.

Our home folate test kits are a highly convenient option to test your vitamin B9 level. They simply involve taking a small blood sample in the comfort of your own home. They are self-administered with minimal preparation involved, and results are available within just a few days.


 What’s included in a vitamin B9 test

Our vitamin B9 test kits include:

  • A finger prick kit and vials for blood collection
  • A clear set of instructions
  • A pre-paid, self-adhesive Royal mail tracked service label
  • Results from an accredited lab within 8 days
  • Access to your own MyWellness online account to view your detailed results
  • Access to a 24/7 GP Helpline for a year

How it works

Place & receive your order

Place & receive your order

Collect your sample

Collect your sample

Return your sample

Return your sample

Receive your results

Receive your results


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Results you can trust

Bluecrest Wellness uses a UKAS/CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation) accredited laboratory clinically accredited to ISO 15189.

Our team uses the latest telemedicine systems and a specialist Cardiology Laboratory. Audited by some of the top Cardiologists in the UK and holding ISO9001/2000 status for Quality Assurance, you can trust the quality of your results.


What our Chief Medical Officer has to say

As Chief Medical Officer of Bluecrest, Dr Toby Donati oversees clinical operations, leads on quality improvement and assists the MD with CQC and regulatory compliance. Here’s what he has to say about our Vitamin B9 test:

Vitamin B9, or folate, is a water-soluble vitamin found in many foods including leafy green vegetables, whole grains and beans. Folic acid is the synthetic version, used as a supplement or found in fortified foods.

Most people are able to maintain healthy levels through diet alone but sometimes a deficiency can occur with or without symptoms. It’s important for everyone to get enough vitamin B9 to support red blood cells and DNA development. Folate deficiency may result in folate deficiency anaemia.

Our home vitamin B9 test kits are a highly convenient option to test your folate level at home by measuring the level of folate in the blood. If a deficiency was found it is usually easily treated by dietary changes and/or supplementation.

Dr Toby Donati

Chief Medical Officer


How to Buy a vitamin B9 test

You can buy a single vitamin B9 home test kit online here. We provide great value with all our home test kits, with additional extras such as your own MyWellness results portal and 24/7 GP helpline access for a year being included with all our home test kits.

Did you know you could also get a vitamin B9 test as part of our more comprehensive Essential Energy and Fatigue plus package? It consists of an in-depth, face-to-face health check with a Health Assessment Specialists, which you can easily book online at one of over 2,000 mobile clinics available nationwide. You will receive a wide array of other key health markers and a detailed results report sent through the post.

You can browse our product pages to discover which test, or combination of tests, is right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why take a folate test?

    A vitamin B9 test is taken to assess whether a person is suffering from folate deficiency. Symptoms of folate deficiency are varied, and may include the following:

    • Tiredness
    • Pins and needles
    • Muscle weakness
    • Mouth ulcers
    • Memory problems

    However, it is important to note that many people who have a folate deficiency do not experience symptoms. Folate deficiency can affect people of all ages, although it is more commonly seen in older people.

  • How do you prepare for a vitamin 9 blood test?

    There is minimal preparation required with a Bluecrest vitamin B9 home test kit. You can continue to eat and drink as normal beforehand. Full preparation instruction will be disclosed in your confirmation email once you buy your home test kit online.

  • What is the difference between vitamin B12 and B9?

    Vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid, is often grouped with vitamin B12 as they both play an important role in keeping the blood and nervous system healthy. Vitamin B9 also has an important role in reducing the risk of certain birth defects such as spina bifida.

    Because of the relationship between vitamins B9 and B12 it is usual to test the levels of both of them together at the same time. This is also usually done in combination with a blood test to look at the red blood cells themselves.

  • What is a vitamin B9 deficiency test normal reading?

    The normal level of vitamin B9 varies between laboratories but as a guide it is above around 4.5μg/L. Levels that are lower than this may indicate a deficiency, and your doctor may need to undertake additional tests to assess whether this is the case.

    Treating someone for vitamin B9 deficiency, without treating a vitamin B12 deficiency they also have, can cause neurological damage. Therefore it is essential that you do not try to diagnose the cause of any vitamin B9 deficiency yourself or try to treat it.

  • What do vitamin B9 blood test results mean?

    It is possible to have low folate levels without a clinical issue. However, your GP may need to undertake further testing to rule out the following potential issues including:

    • Poor diet – a deficiency can be caused by a diet lacking B12 and B9. This is particularly common for people following a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, or those not eating a balanced diet including plenty of vegetables. This can easily be rectified with a better meal plan and / or supplements.
    • Digestive disorders – your digestive system may not be absorbing folate properly.
    • Blood conditions – certain blood conditions such as sickle cell anaemia or spherocytosis mean your body needs more folate than normal and can result in a folate deficiency.
    • Liver damage – such as from drinking too much alcohol.
  • How can I maintain a healthy vitamin B9 level?

    Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is essential to avoiding deficiencies and maintaining good health in general.  Most people can get the amount of folate they need through eating a healthy balanced diet.  Folate can be found in small amounts in many different foods including:

    • Brussel sprouts
    • Broccoli
    • Leafy greens
    • Chickpeas, peas and kidney beans
    • Fortified breakfast cereals
    • Liver (to be avoided during pregnancy)

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