Vitamin B12 and Folate (Vitamin B9)

B12 and folate, otherwise known as Vitamin B9, play a very important role in your body.  As well as keeping your nerves and blood cells healthy, these vitamins help make DNA, the genetic material in all your body’s cells.  B12 and folate also help prevent megaloblastic anaemia, a deficiency anaemia which can make you very tired and weak.

Vitamin B12 and Folate (Vitamin B9)

Includes a simple blood test to check the levels of B12 and folate in your body, helping assess megaloblastic anaemia.

£58

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Vitamin B12 and Folate (Vitamin B9)

Your test for B12 and folate levels involves a small blood test which will be taken by one of our Health Screening Specialists before being sent to our laboratory for analysis.  The test will determine your levels of these important vitamins, helping indicate deficiency.

Doctor Cullimore says: “A deficiency in B12 or folate is the most common cause of a condition known as megaloblastic anaemia, which happens when your body produces very large red blood cells that don’t function normally. These abnormally large blood cells struggle to carry oxygen to your organs.  The symptoms of B12 and folate deficiency are wide-ranging, but commonly include extreme tiredness and a lack of energy, a frequent sensation of pins and needles, muscle weakness, mouth ulcers and problems with your memory. Deficiencies can affect people of all ages, although they are very common in older people – around 1 in 20 people aged 65-74 are deficient, rising to 1 in 10 people aged 75 and over.”

All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

Which readings are included?

Vitamin B12, or cyanocobalamin, is a group of cobalt-containing water-soluble vitamins. They are coenzymes necessary for red blood cell production - folate polyglutamate is the major red cell form of folate.
Folate (folic acid, pteroylglutamic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that is a component of enzyme systems synthesising purines and pyrimidines.

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The following packages include this check:

Essential Energy & Fatigue Plus

42 Blood Readings | 2 Clinician Checks | 24/7 GP Helpline

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