L-Methylfolate is a produced version of folate, a vitamin B that is found in some foods. The body needs folate in it in order to produce healthy, new cells. Especially so for red blood cells which are the most common blood cell in the body. Low folate levels can lead to a variety of issues, including Anemia. Anemia is essentially when your body does not have enough red blood cells or is getting defective red blood cells. It can cause symptoms like fatigue, soreness, clumsiness, or stiffness because the cells aren’t getting enough oxygen. L-Methylfolate is also used to treat some forms of depression that cannot be treated by other means.
Some people take L-Methylfolate to treat a wide range of other symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome but there is less medical backing for that use. There are also some people who take it just to stay healthy.
When it comes to finding the right dosage you may get a different answer from different doctors. It is important that you see a doctor before starting to take l-methylfolate supplements.
Certain people have intolerances to L-Methylfolate and these intolerances can range from mild to acute. For most people with an intolerance, the body just needs to be prepared for the medical food by using a different vitamin first. L-Methylfolate introduces large amounts of folate into the body at one time. Others cannot tolerate the medical food at all.
There is no standardized test yet that can measure your tolerance levels for L-Methylfolate but based on certain conditions, doctors can determine the likelihood of whether your system can handle it. Some people experiment with small doses and slowly increase them to see if they experience any symptoms.
The exact amount of L-Methylfolate varies. Typical dosages range from 3-15 mg per day. You will want to start with a low dosage of around 3 mg and slowly work your way up to the desired amount. Most people take between 5 and 10 mg per day. You should give each level of dosage a few days to a week to show signs of intolerance.
In the past, there has been some study of extremely high dosages (100 mg a day) trialed with colon cancer, but this is not recommended.
It is important to note that there are very few side effects of L-Methylfolate but if you do experience anything out of the ordinary, contact your doctor immediately. There is no comprehensive list of side effects. Some people do experience allergic reactions and those should be taken seriously. Allergic reactions are rare but serious and if you experience a reaction you should seek help immediately.
If you want to preface L-Methylfolate with vitamin B12 methylcobalamin which is a smart idea, start off small and gradually increase the dosage over a period of time. If your body accepts it, you can then slowly start phasing in the L-Methylfolate as mentioned above.
For many people, L-Methylfolate can help them feel better and cure a variety of different ailments in the body. As long as proper care is taken, it is safe to take L-Methylfolate whether you have low folate levels or not. Always consult a medical professional always before taking any medications or supplements.