✓ Folate serum
This finger prick blood test analyses your folate serum level which is crucial for generating blood cells. Especially during infancy, adolescence and pregnancy.
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About this test
This finger prick blood test analyses your folate level which is a key vitamin.
What is Included?
✓ Home Finger Prick Blood Test Kit
✓ Recorded, next day delivery of your test kit (if booked before 3.30pm Mon-Thur)
✓ 24hr Tracked Royal Mail Return
✓ Results 2-3 working days from receipt by the laboratory
✓ Patients emailed with results plus analysis and health advice by a ZoomDoc GP
Folate or vitamin B9 one of the B-vitamins that is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA and RNA. Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.
Found in a wide variety of foods such as leafy greens, cooked dried beans, peas, and lentils, spinach and asparagus as well as fortified foods such as breakfast cereals.
During pregnancy low levels may lead to neural tube defects in the developing foetus.
Symptoms of a folate deficiency:
- Chronic fatigue
- Constipation, poor digestion and bloating symptoms
- Feeling flat in energy and mood
- Regular colds and flu
- Pale or yellow-tinged skin colour
- Hair greying or thinning
- Mouth ulcers or a tender and/or swollen tongue
- Stunted growth
- Developmental problems during pregnancy and/or infancy
When to test
We would advise patients to only undertake this Folate test on Monday to Thursday mornings and then sending it directly back to our laboratory on the same day. This ensures that there are no delays in our lab receiving your sample.
Specific biomarkers within this test includes:
✓ Folate Serum
Folate or folic acid, known as vitamin B9 generates red and white blood cells. It helps to produce DNA and RNA which is key for the rapid growth of your cells during infancy and pregnancy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How accurate are ZoomDoc Wellness Tests?
ZoomDoc finger prick blood tests are as accurate as tests you would normally take via a normal regular blood test at hospital or in a GP setting.
All tests are analysed in labs in the UK and are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
All of our partner laboratories undergo frequent quality control checks to ensure they meet the highest standard of testing. The equipment and analysers used are all designed for the specific function of capillary blood testing. All ZoomDoc test kits come with clear instructions.
What laboratories do ZoomDoc use?
All laboratories that ZoomDoc use are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
Most samples are analysed at The Doctors Laboratory which is based in Central London. This lab is the largest private laboratory in the UK.
How are my tests reviewed?
All test results are analysed by our team of Doctors.
They will comment on your results and often provide both advice and health recommendations.
If there is any worrying results our Doctors will get in touch and advise on next steps.
Is this test suitable for children?
ZoomDoc do not recommend purchasing our wellness tests for children.
Can I discuss my results with a ZoomDoc GP?
Our team of GPs are available via the ZoomDoc app to discuss any queries or questions you may have.
What will happen after purchasing a Wellness Test?
After purchase of your test kit, it will be immediately dispatched to your home or workplace. After it arrives, you must activate the test with the details of the patient undertaking the test. There are full instructions on the test kit box.
Can I give my test to someone else?
Yes, if you receive or order a wellness test kit and want to gift it to someone else, you can do this. However, the test must always be activated with the personal details of the individual taking the test.
How to take your home blood test
” Folate or vitamin B9 one of the B-vitamins that is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA and RNA. Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.
Found in a wide variety of foods such as leafy green vegetables, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, spinach, peas, and lentils in addition to fortified foods such as breakfast cereals. “
Dr Kenny Livingstone – ZoomDoc GP