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Do i need some form of folic acid if supplementing with adenosylcobalamin?

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by Cindi, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Cindi

    Cindi Senior Member

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    I started taking adenosyl cobalamin injections.500 mcg per day.It has been two days and so far no problems. I wonder if i should take some form of folic acid with it or is it not necessary? What do you think? Thanks.
  2. richvank

    richvank Senior Member

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    Hi, Cindi.

    If your goal is only to support the methylmalonate pathway, the adenosyl B12 will do that by itself, though you will likely need to increase the dosage.

    If your goal also includes lifting the partial methylation cycle block and restoring glutathione, which is necessary for recovery from ME/CFS, then yes, you will need to add folate. I would not recommend folic acid, though. Methylfolate is the form needed by the methylation cycle. Folinic acid in addition can be helpful for most PWMEs.

    Best regards,

    Rich
  3. Cindi

    Cindi Senior Member

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    Thanks so much Rich my purpose was only to supply some b12 for anemia. So, if i understood you correctly I guess it is okay if i don't take any folic acid.Thanks so much.
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    richvank Senior Member

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    Hi, Cindi.

    If you have macrocytic anemia, that is actually caused by low folate in the cells that become red blood cells. The role of B12 in treating this is to help the cells to retain their folate. I don't know what your folate status is, but it's possible that you will need to add some, if it is low.

    Best regards,

    Rich
  5. Cindi

    Cindi Senior Member

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    Thanks so much Rich.Best wishes.

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