How to reduce folate in the body?

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I suspect I have an huge excess of folate in my body and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to reduce it, other than by avoiding high-folate foods and stopping folate supplements?

Bit of background:

I know from past stool tests I have SIBO.

I suspect given my reactions to Methylfolate (bad) and methly-B12 (good) that my SIBO might be producing excess Folate whilst simultaneously depleting my body's absorption of B12.

I understand that getting on top of SIBO is the long term solution to all this, and I am in the process of doing so, but the road is long. In the meantime is there anything anyone could suggest that could bring down the levels of folate in my system more urgently?

I ask because I have recently been taking a supplement containing 1000 B12 and 800 Folate. The supplement has definitely helped with my brain fog and food sensitivities (I suspect this is due to the B12) whilst also giving me symptoms of excess Folate and overmethylation (insomnia, depression, anxiety, inflammation). I'm also now bloating significantly whenever I eat vegetables or anything containing folate, which I wasn't doing prior to taking this supplement. Note, I have since stopped the supplement for over a month, but these symptoms have persisted.

At points I have tried to go without folate foods, and while this does reduce the bloating it seems to up inflammation in other areas and so I don't really consider it a long term fix. I also have other food sensitivites (probably due to the long term deficiency in B12) which rules out a lot of food groups low in folate, like grains & pasta. So really I'm looking for anything I can take, supplement-wise, that can reduce these symptoms.

For example, if I were to take methyl-B12 on its own it could it metabolise some of the excess folate and reduce these symptoms? I don't want to unwittingly further the overmethylation and worsen inflammation... To date I've just been waiting for it all to die down on their own accord, but it's taking a very long time.

Thanks in advance! Any advice very welcome.

Hugo
 
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Update in case anyone's interested:

The methyl-B12 doesn't seem to be calming things down much. Perhaps this shouldn't be a surprise.

I still feel like I've got lots of inflammation in general and food definitely makes it a lot worse. I can calm things down somewhat by doing a complete food fast for a couple of days but that's not really sustainable.

Vegetables are still making me bloated which makes me think I'm not helping anything by adding more folate to an already high burden. Presumably this is causing me to overmethylate thereby worsening my inflammation.

As before, other signs I'm overmethylating from vegetables include insomnia, anxiety, dizziness. It's difficult to tell what might be overmethylation and what is inflammation but I feel like it's probably both.

I'm going to try some chicken on its own tomorrow with no supplements, except maybe some electrolytes to correct for any deficiencies. I know chicken contains methionine which is likely to spur on more methylation but at least it contains no folate. It'll be interesting if I don't get any bloating - it'll show it's probably folate that's causing it and whether that's causing my inflammation.

Failing this I'll do another 48 hour fast.

I'll report back here in case anyone is ever going through something similar. Meantime I've a doctor's appt in about a week & I'll try and glean some more information from that.

Hugo.
 
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Thank you so much. I’ve been popping b12 like there a cup of coffee. I take care of my granddaughter two days a week and I have to be able to keep up. I had her yesterday and took more than usual. Today pain, inflammation and anxiety. So hard figuring out the balance. I’m also taking too much glutamine i think.