Sometimes I have clients who get scared, jump on the bandwagon with a crazy treatment, and all because one test showed a concerning result. In the case of high folate levels, make sure you’ve done the right investigation. I highly recommend doing a comprehensive stool analysis before doing an O test. If you have a high folate level, my question to you is, what did the stool test show? Did it show any dysbiotic bacteria? Did it show any other issues? If you’re not taking folate supplements, I wouldn’t be too concerned about high folate levels. If you’re only getting folate through your diet, you’re not going to die of folate toxicity. I doubt you’ll be taking in more than 1,000 micrograms per day. After all, you’re not drinking a gallon of spinach juice with every meal. I can’t really see serious side effects coming from folate levels unless we’re talking ridiculously high levels.
Folate is a vital nutrient because it is essential for red blood cells. It’s also extremely important for cancer prevention and normal cell reproduction. Low folate can lead to all sorts of problems including cancer and birth defects. The multiple roles played by folate in maintaining health is why bread and cereal grains are fortified with folate in many countries. It’s also why folate is included in prenatal vitamins.
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The best sources of folate are dark green, leafy vegetables. I’ve seen some websites that say, “The best source is folate is bread!” but that’s not true. I recommend getting your folate from produce that is organically grown.
If your high folate levels are really a mystery, I strongly recommend having a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA). Make sure you withhold probiotics and supplements for some time before the test, so you get accurate results. A stool test like this will reveal what’s wrong with your digestive system and what needs fixing.
An O test shouldn’t be done before a stool test. Do the CSA, get the gut in good shape, and then let your body in its wisdom manage your healthy diet.