This test is conducted to evaluate folate deficiency like megaloblastic and macrocytic anemia. Folate is a compound which work as a coenzyme in metabolic reaction. Folate with vitamin B12 is required for DNA synthesis for normal red blood cells maturation. Folate is consumed through food sources like fruits, green and leafy vegetables, yeast and organ meat and it is absorbed in small intestine. Folate deficiency is recommended for people at risk including gastrointestinal disease, pregnancy, drugs such as phenytoin and alcoholism. Folate and vitamin B12 deficiency can causes anemia, sore tongue, weakness, behavioral disorders and defects of neural tube in fetus.
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