Target & Goal
Folic acid is a form of the water-soluble vitamin B9. Folic acid is a key factor in the making (synthesis) of nucleic acid - nucleic acid is one of a family of large molecules including DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid). The human body does not store folic acid, we have to consume it every day in order to make sure we have adequate amounts.
Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that is normally found in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts and spinach.
Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
Why is folic acid important?
According to the British Dietetic Association1, vitamin B9 (folic acid and folate inclusive) is vital for several bodily functions, including:
• To synthesize DNA, RNA and to repair
• Aiding rapid cell division and growth
• To produce healthy red blood cells
• It is important for pregnant women to have enough folic acid to prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine (neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly)
• Enhances brain health
The general signs and symptoms of folic acid deficiency include:
• Fatigue, tiredness
• Feeling generally weak
• Being irritable, easy irritated
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to undergo a test immediately to find out your folic acid and other vitamin levels.
Genetic test results
The test results will contain the examined, active genes in the test. The diagnosed test report will be formatted and will be mailed electronically to the subject as an attached file. Please note, this test does not diagnose any sickness, but associates the subject to his or her population group based on the tested gene.
How the test is performed
The test is performed using a sampling toolkit of saliva or mucosa. The test is simple, painless, and subject-friendly; suitable for any age. Children under the age of 18 will need a parent signature in a parent agreement form.
5 easy steps of Sample collection
• Large amount of saliva or mucosa needs to be sampled in order to perform the test.
• Spitting in the toolkit is not permitted.
• After opening the test stick, it should not be put on any surface other than the mouth to avoid contamination.
• After the sample collection, it should be returned to the toolkit immediately and the toolkit needs to be closed.
• The toolkit includes an agreement form that needs to be filled, signed and attached to the test delivery package.
Easy delivery and schedule
On receiving the test order confirmation, the toolkit will be sent to the specified address of the subject. The toolkit includes a prepaid redelivery package. The only thing required from the subject is to provide the sample in the test toolkit and sign the agreement form in the package and mail it. Delivery services will be provided with additional fees. The test results will be mailed electronically to the subject after 2-3 weeks thus, promising complete privacy and confidentiality.