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What is L-Methylfolate?
Folate is one of a number of B vitamins that occurs naturally in different types of food.
Folic acid is an artificially made version of folate which does not absorb well in the body,
but is nevertheless often added to multivitamins, minerals, and processed food where
folate might be lacking. In some countries, including the USA, this “adding vitamins to
processed foods” is called „fortifying‟. Folate is essential for the body to produce healthy
cells, most notably, red blood cells, but folic acid does not necessarily contribute well to
this need.
Some reasons the body may suffer a folate deficiency include poor diet, taking certain
medications, consequences of certain diseases, genetic disorders, and many more. When
there is a lack of folate, levels of waste product amino acids may rise in the blood,
causing a condition called hyperhomocysteinemia. Methylfolate is needed to convert
homocysteine in the body to methionine.
L-Methylfolate is a supplement that should be taken by people who suffer from a
deficiency of folate and who have developed major depressive disorders or conditions,
including schizophrenia, which at times may also show as a result of such deficiencies.
While L-Methylfolate is not actually an antidepressant or an anti-psychotic, it can be
used to alleviate symptoms of these conditions by amplifying the effects of medications
used to treat them. It boosts serotonin levels in the body.
The L-Methylfolate supplement can also be used for many other conditions that are not
discussed here.

What should I tell my doctor?
Inform your medical practitioners about any pre-existing conditions, allergies that you
suffer from, or medications that you are already taking. Ensure that you follow all the
instructions provided to you on your medication labels.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, then L-Methylfolate may not be
suitable for you:

Epilepsy or seizures
Previous episodes of vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia)
A history of manic depression (bipolar disorder)

This medication is safe to take during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding, but
please ensure that you consult your medical practitioner because your dosage may need
to be adjusted accordingly.

How should I take L-Methylfolate?

It is important that you follow all the instructions provided on the label of your
supplement. Do not increase or decrease the dosage or take it for longer time
than prescribed.
Only take the strength of L-Methylfolate supplement that has been prescribed to
you. Do not use an alternative unless your medical practitioner advises it.
L-Methylfolate can be taken with or without food.
You must never share your medication with anyone else, regardless of whether
they have symptoms similar to your own or not.
When L-Methylfolate is being taken as a part of a complete holistic treatment
program, which includes other medications or counselling sessions, you must
ensure that the routine is followed precisely.
Your medication must be kept at a room temperature and not exposed to direct
heat, light or moisture.

What should I do if I miss a dose?
You must take the dose that you have missed as soon as possible after you realize you
have missed a dose. However, if the time for your next dose is close, then skip the
missed dose and continue with your schedule as usual. Do not take additional tablets to
make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I take too much L-Methylfolate?
An accidental overdose of l-methylfolate is highly unlikely to cause any medical issues or
lead to life-threatening symptoms. If you take more than your body needs, you may
experience a revved up feeling similar to having had too much caffeine. You can take
nicotinic acid (vitamin B3) to counteract this feeling or simply wait until the vitamin
leaves your system – not usually more than 24 hours.

Should I avoid anything when taking L-Methylfolate?
Consult your doctor or medical practitioner as to if and when you should avoid any
foods, drinks, or other medications or activities when taking L-Methylfolate. It‟s worth
noting that alcohol can inhibit the body‟s absorption of L-Methylfolate.

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