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.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Home Test Kit
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:
- 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.