folic acid

By arie Latest Reply 2013-11-25 09:37:13 -0600
Started 2010-02-26 20:46:00 -0600

Do anyone know if taking folic acid give you heart palpitations…I think this might be the case with me…every time I take something that has folic acid I get heart palpitations…but I don't know if this is the reason…or if it has to do with menopause…

5 replies

vered 2013-11-25 09:37:13 -0600 Report

Hi, I have exactly the same problem. I always get palpitations whenever I take folic acid. I have been keeping an eye on this issue for quite a while and I am sure it is caused by folic acid. So my answer is yes. How much mg there is in one pill of Folic acid that u take? Also check this link :

Pauline B
Pauline B 2010-02-27 00:13:34 -0600 Report

I take 65 mg iron, 500 mg Vit C, and folate daily to help control anemias that I have. I still need regular iron infusions. I do not have any heart problems, and have been Type 2 for 11 years.

spiritwalker 2010-02-26 21:09:41 -0600 Report

I have taken folic acid for years. Its for vitamin B. I have had a problem since birth with my B levels and taking folic acid
is better than blood transfusions which I needed as a child
to boost my blood counts. I have never had an heart problems.

trey66 2010-02-26 20:51:19 -0600 Report

What are folate and folic acid?
Folate (FOH-layt) is a vitamin found naturally in many foods. Folate helps your body make new cells.

Folic (FOH-lik) acid is the man-made form of folate. It can be taken in vitamin pills. It is also added to many grain products. These include cereals, breads, and flours.

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Why do women need folate?
Folate helps keep your blood healthy. Not getting enough can cause a type of anemia (uh-NEE-mee-uh). Having anemia means you have fewer healthy red blood cells than normal. This makes it hard for your blood to carry enough oxygen throughout your body.

Signs that you may have anemia:

•Feeling very tired
•Sore mouth and tongue
•Pale skin
Folate can also help prevent some birth defects (problems with the baby). Getting enough folate before and during pregnancy can help prevent certain defects of the baby’s spine and brain:

•Spina bifida (SPEYE-nuh BIF-ih-duh) is a problem with the spine. The nerves that control leg movements and other functions do not work. Children with spina bifida often have lifelong disabilities. They may also need many surgeries.
•Anencephaly (an-en-SEF-uh-lee) is when most or all of the brain does not develop. Babies with this problem die before or shortly after birth.
Experts think that folate might also help prevent:

•some cancers
•Alzheimer’s (AWLTS-heye-merz) disease
•hearing loss as you age
More research is needed to know this for certain.

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How much folate should women get each day?
All women capable of pregnancy need 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) folate each day, even if they are not planning to get pregnant. Folate is needed before and during the first weeks of pregnancy to help prevent birth defects. Because half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned, women who can become pregnant should get 400 to 800 mcg of folate each day. That way, if they do become pregnant their babies will be less likely to have birth defects.

Some women need more folate each day:

•Pregnant women need 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid in the very early stages of pregnancy often before they know that they are pregnant. A pregnant woman should continue taking folic acid throughout pregnancy. Women should discuss their folic acid needs with their doctors. Some doctors prescribe prenatal vitamins that contain higher amounts of folic acid.
•Breastfeeding women need 500 mcg. Some doctors suggest that breastfeeding women simply continue taking their prenatal vitamins to be sure they are getting plenty of folic acid while they are breastfeeding and should they become pregnant again.
Talk with your doctor about how much folic acid to take if:

•You had a baby with spina bifida or anencephaly and want to get pregnant again. Your doctor may give you a prescription for 4,000 mcg folic acid. That is 10 times the normal dose. Taking this high dose of folic acid can reduce your chances of having another baby with these birth defects.
•You have a family member with spina bifida. Your doctor may give you a prescription for 4,000 mcg folic acid.
•You have spina bifida and want to get pregnant.
•You are taking medicines that affect how your body uses folate. These include some of the medicines for:
◦Type 2 diabetes
◦Rheumatoid arthritis
◦Inflammatory bowel disease
•You have kidney disease and are on dialysis.
•You have liver disease.
•You have celiac disease.
•You abuse alcohol.
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How can women get enough folate or folic acid each day?
The easiest way is to take a vitamin pill. Most U.S. multivitamins have 400 micrograms (mcg) folic acid. Check the label on the bottle to be sure. Or you can take a pill that only contains folic acid.

Not all vitamin bottles have the amounts of vitamins that their labels say they do. And they may contain harmful chemicals. When choosing a brand of vitamins, look for a mark that says USP or NSF. These "seals of approval" mean that the pills are safe and have the amounts of vitamins stated on the label.

Vitamin Label
Check the Supplement Facts label to be sure you are getting 400 mcg folic acid.

You can also eat foods that are high in folate, such as:

•Beans and lentils
•Peas (black-eyed peas, chickpeas, green peas)
•Juices (orange, tomato, grapefruit, pineapple)
•Fruits (oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, avocado, papaya, raspberries)
•Vegetables (green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, and Chinese cabbage; broccoli; Brussels sprouts; asparagus; artichokes; okra; corn; cauliflower; potato; beets; green onions; sweet red peppers)
•Sunflower seeds
•Peanuts and peanut butter
You can also eat foods that have had folic acid added to them, such as:

•Breakfast cereals (Some have 100% of the Daily Value of folic acid in each serving)
•White rice
Food Label
Check the label on the package to see if the food has folic acid. The label will tell you how much folic acid is in each serving. Sometimes, the label will say folate instead of folic acid.

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Can women get too much folate or folic acid?
You can't get too much folate from foods that naturally have folate. But it is possible for some people to get too much folic acid. Taking more than 1,000 mcg of folic acid a day may cause nerve damage in people who do not have enough vitamin B12 in their bodies. People at risk for not having enough vitamin B12 include:

•People who don’t eat meat, eggs, or dairy products (vegans)
•People ages 50 years and older
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For More Information…
For more information on folic acid, please call at 800-994-9662 or contact the following organizations:

Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH, HHS
Phone number: (301) 435-2920
Internet Address:

National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC, HHS
Phone number: (800) 232-4636
Internet Address:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, HHS
Phone number: (800) 352-9424
Internet Address:

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Phone number: (888) 663-4637
Internet Address:

Spina Bifida Association of America
Phone number: (800) 621-3141
Internet Address:

American Pregnancy Association
Phone number: (972) 815-2337
Internet Address:

MAYS 2010-02-26 20:50:56 -0600 Report

Actually, Folic Acid is supposed to help your body and your heart fight against heart disease and it's complications.
Have your doctor examine you and possibly make an appointment for you with a heart specialist.
" Mays "