Post # 1
My doctor gave mea prescription for folic acid, but I didn’t notice until I got home that it was for 5mg per day. This seems like a ridiculously large dose. Anyone else encounter this? Can you take too much folic acid?
Post # 3
Sometimes doctors recommend very high doses. I have epilepsy and my neurologist has me taking extra folic acid due to my medications. From what I understand, it’s one of those things where you can’t have too much of, but you can of too little of it. 5mg is a common dose though. Don’t worry!
Post # 5
Folic acid is water soluble so it doesn’t accumulate in the body. 1mg is the standard dose for pre-conceptinon/pregnancy. 5mg is the dose recommended for those at “increased” risk for neural tube defects (or generally poorer nutrtion): family history of neural tube defects, teenagers, women over 40, bmi over 30, and as a PP said those on anti-seizure meds….those are the situations I remember but there may be more.
Ask you doctor to clarify why they think you need 5mg vs. 1mg. 5mg isn’t “wrong” but for most people it’s also unnecessary.
Post # 7
Actually FOLATE (from nature) is water soluable and won’t accumulate in your body. There is such a thing as too much FOLIC ACID (man-made synthetic) and it can lead to cancer – especially if you have unknown about MTHFR mutations which hamper the body’s ability to breakdown folic acid. I have several friends that ended up with precancerous cells from being on high doses of folic acid.
Post # 8
I thought you were not supposed to have over 1000 mcg a day from SYNTHETIC folic acid. So- it is okay if it is from a natural source.
Also, from what I have researched 1000 is not the standard, 400 is the standard, I take 600, and 800 is okay, but again, not over 1000 synthetic.
Similar to vitamin A, – beta carotene is fine to have a lot of, but not synthetic (vitamin A palmitate).