Vitamin B9 Test (Folate)
Vitamin B9 Test (Folate) FAQ
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Folate Blood Test - More Information
The vitamin B9 test, also known as a B9 blood test, folic acid lab test and folate test, measures the B9 blood level.
Vitamin B9 is one of the eight B vitamins. Vitamin B9 helps convert carbohydrates from food into energy via glucose. Additionally, vitamin B9 is important for nerve function and also helps metabolize the amino acid homocysteine.
Vitamin B9 is available in the diet and is sometimes fortified into foods. Folic acid deficiencies can occur in the setting of celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pregnancy and excessive alcohol consumption.
The folate blood test measures the serum folate level via an immunoassay methodology. To get a folic acid blood test at a Quest near you, simply order online and get tested at your selected lab. Once you folate lab results are ready, they will be available for electronic download. As can be seen on the vitamin B9 sample lab report provided above, the blood folate levels will be reported as a numerical result and can be compared against the reference range provided by the lab. Concurrent testing with the B12 test is sometimes performed as B12 deficiencies can result in lower uptake of folic acid in the body.
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