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Serum Level of Folate May Not Tell the Whole Story

In a group of 33 young adults with treatment-resistant depression, plasma, urine and cerebral spinal fluid were measured for several metabolites. These were compared to levels of 16 healthy control subjects. Folate deficiency in cerebral spinal fluid was the most common deficiency seen in patients with pharmacological treatment- resistant depression. It is worth noting that serum levels of folate were normal in these same patients. All patients with cerebral spinal folate deficiency show... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, March 9, 2017

Folate, how vital is it to YOU?

Folate also known as folic acid is needed to produce blood cells and other new tissue cells.  Folate is a generic term for a group of pteridine compounds essential for one-carbon unit metabolism.  Folates are involved in the synthesis of DNA, RNA and tRNA necessary for cell growth.  Folates are required for metabolism of methionine, histidine, tryptophan, glycine, serine and formate.  Interactions with vitamin B6 and B12 also occur from common metabolic pathways.  Fol... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, January 15, 2014