Folate deficiency

What are Folate Deficiency Symptoms?


Alane Wincek, ND, CNC
certified holistic nutritionist, metabolic specialist, author
678-372-2913 /

December 30, 2022

What are Folate Deficiency Symptoms?

Folate deficiencyMany people of all ages and health challenges can have a low amount of folate. If left untreated folate deficiency anemia can occur. And many time vitamin b12 deficiency occurs at the same time. B12 and folate deficiency tend to run hand in hand and both effect how the red blood cells carry oxygen.

The first symptom of folate deficiency that may appear in blood tests are abnormally large red blood cells that can’t function properly. Red blood cells must be healthy to carry oxygen throughout your body correctly. This leads to folate deficiency anemia, which causes fatigue. 

Another symptom of folate deficiency include peripheral neuropathy. You may start feeling a burning or numbing sensation in your body, mainly your hands and feet. This can happen because of damage to one or more groups of nerves. 

Another different folate deficiency symptom is cardiovascular disease. I often test the blood of clients who have had a heart problem. In these tests, I frequently find high levels of homocysteine. Additionally, I often find low levels of vitamin B12 and folate.

Is Folate Deficiency Linked to Depression? 

I have been rather surprised at the simple ways to help someone that has symptoms of depression. Symptoms improve with treatment of testing for vitamin deficiency and then supporting as needed. It is quite rare that someone with symptoms of depression do not have low folate or b12 levels. The right supplements can easily treat depression when we discover a true deficiency.

Note: always talk to your medical doctor about depression

A study by Pub Med shows that some individuals with depression and lower folate levels than those without depression. This tends to run in families.

For instance, I had a mom bring in her young son with ADHD and depression. I recommended a folate supplement. His mood and focus got better, and his mom started taking it too, and her mood improved as well. Mom gave the other son and dad the folate, and the entire family’s mood improved.

What is Folate Deficiency and Why is it so Important? 


Folate is a type of B vitamin that your body needs to function at its best. Folate deficiency occurs when your body does not get enough of this vital nutrient.  A folic acid supplement is not the same.

There are many foods that are high in folate. Some examples include Brussel sprouts, eggs, legumes, broccoli, bananas, citrus fruits, nuts, seeds, beef liver, asparagus, dairy products, leafy green vegetables and fortified grains.

The problem with folic acid is not that your body needs folate. Suppose your body’s process, which converts folic acid to the usable form called folate, needs fixing. In that case, you will have folate deficiency symptoms and most likely symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency too.

Taking more folic acid or b12 will not help it convert better to folate.

You can easily test your b12, folate, all of your B vitamins and other vital nutrient levels here. TEST 

Or follow this link to read another helpful article on nutrient deficiency and learn more. 




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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health. 

 I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges. 

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