Why is this test important? Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in animal products, such as red meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs. Since Vitamin B12 is important to blood and nerve health, a deficiency can lead to anemia, nerve and brain damage, or organ damage. Folate (folic acid), which is found in leafy greens, whole grains, citrus fruits and beans, is a critical element to help the body make red and white blood cells . Proper levels of folic acid also help prevent certain birth defects.
What does the test include?
Who should be tested? If you are a strict vegetarian, you should strongly consider testing, since the majority of natural B12 food sources are contained in meat products. In addition, consider testing if you have:
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