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Sample Type: WHOLE BLOOD EDTA
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Folic acid or Vitamin B9 is a water soluble vitamin which plays an important part in cell division. Folic acid deficiency results in macrocytic anemia (decreased oxygen carrying capacity of blood) and neural tube defects in babies. Since the serum folate can vary based on a person's recent diet, folate level inside the RBC's is used sometimes to assess the long term folate status.
Test is performed on a blood sample. No preparation is needed. Inform your doctor about all the medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal or ayurvedic preparations, and homeopathic medicines you are taking