Folate Deficiency

A folate deficiency is a condition in which the body does not have enough folate available and can develop corresponding symptoms. Folate (folic acid) plays an essential role in DNA, cell division and is important for growth processes and the formation of cells. Folate is also necessary for the formation of red blood cells, which transport oxygen through the body with hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.

Folate deficiency symptoms

A folic acid deficiency can lead to various symptoms. These include tiredness, pallor skin, irritability, dizziness and shortness of breath. Tiredness and fatigue in particular are common symptoms. This is because folate is essential for the formation of red blood cells, which play a key role in the transportation of oxygen in the blood.

In addition, folate deficiencies also can impair detoxification, as folate plays an important role in the methylation cycle. We need this for a balanced homocysteine level, which can be elevated in the case of a folic acid or vitamin B12 deficiency. An increase in homocysteine leads to reduced production of glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant and an important factor in detoxification.

In addition, a folate deficiency in pregnant women can increase the rate of premature births as well as miscarriages and lead to neural tube defects in newborns.

Dr. med. Karsten Ostermann M.A.

A folate deficiency should be adjusted according to an accurate individual diagnosis in order to avoid an imbalance in the body.

Dr. Karsten Ostermann

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