Vitamin B9 is one of the 8 water-soluble B Vitamins. It is the generic term for both naturally occurring food folate and the folic acid form of the vitamin used in dietary supplements and fortified foods.
Symptoms of Folate Deficiency include:
- Constipation, poor digestion and bloating
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling flat in energy and mood
- Increased vulnerability to colds and flu
- Pale or yellow-tinged skin
- Hair greying or thinning
- Mouth ulcers
- A tender and/or swollen tongue
- Stunted growth
- Developmental problems during pregnancy and/or infancy
A folate deficiency can be caused by an inadequate dietary intake as well as genetic impairments and underlying conditions.
You should take the test if:
- you are trying to get pregnant
- you are pregnant
- you have had gastrointestinal surgery
- you have digestive disorders like Crohn's or Celiac disease
- you are (or were) an alcoholic
- you maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet
- you are experiencing symptoms of anemia
- you have a vitamin B12 deficiency
- you have a seizure-causing condition and are taking anticonvulsant drugs
The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.
Folate or folic acid, known as vitamin B9 generates red and white blood cells. It helps to produce DNA and RNA and sets out the building blocks for the rapid growth of cells during infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy.
How to collect your sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
How it works
Collect Your Sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review Accurate Results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get Medical Support
Our dedicated team of physicians and nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results.
Still have questions?
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Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked test kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test kit is not activated and linked to you.
LetsGetChecked has a team of physicians who will review your order and results. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the test kit. Each test includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your data secure is important to us. All data is complete anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. We will not share your information with any third party.All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.