Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Nurse Kit
  • Product Description
  • How it works
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Product Description

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Nurse Kit

What is a Better2Know Folate test?

Folate is a B vitamin important to the regular functioning of the body. Folate in its natural form is also called Vitamin B9 or Folic acid. It is found in a wide variety of foods and is also one of the most common vitamins (as Folic Acid) included in multi-vitamin tablets. Folate or Folic acid in its natural form, plays several important roles in the body, from helping to form your genes, produce healthy red blood cells and is also critical in the development phases of pregnancy. Folic Acid is also important in the metabolism of homocysteine, which is an amino acid implicated in cardiovascular disease. Thus, Folic acid appears to have protective qualities against heart issues as well as against certain cancers.

One of the most important functions of Folic acid is to protect developing embryos against neural tube defects including a condition called spina bifida. All expectant mothers are encouraged to monitor their levels of Folate and to take appropriate supplements to ensure the healthy development of their unborn child. So important is the link between Folic acid and neural tube defects, that some countries around the world, notably the United States and Canada, have taken the step of mandating Vitamin B9 supplementation of bread flour to ensure everyone consumes a sufficient level of this important vitamin.

Why consider a Folate test?

Folic acid is an important nutrient that our bodies require to function correctly. We can absorb Folate from the foods that we eat and from any vitamin supplements that we take. However, our diets and busy lifestyles often overlook the foods richest in Vitamin B9, so we may be deficient in this vitamin and not realise it. This is particularly concerning for women planning to have children as a mother deficient in Folate is at risk of giving birth to a baby suffering from life threatening neural defects.

For men, Folate may play an important role in breaking down a chemical called Homocysteine. This amino acid has been linked to cardiovascular risk when levels of it are high. If Folic acid levels are reduced, then there is not enough of it to fully act on the levels of Homocysteine leading to elevated levels and a consequential increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

How does this test work?

The Better2Know Folate test requires a blood sample. The blood sample is collected from your arm. This test requires that a nurse or trained phlebotomist takes your blood sample as it requires a certain volume of blood that cannot be self-collected for a finger prick. Once your nurse has collected your blood sample, the blood tube needs to be correctly labelled with your details and returned to our fully accredited laboratory for analysis. All the materials your nurse needs to collect and return your sample are included in your test kit. Better2Know can arrange for a nurse to visit you so just give us a call on the number above and we will do the rest.

What tests will you run on my sample?

Your blood sample will be tested for Folate, also called Folic Acid. This vitamin will be tested for in your blood serum. This test will give you a good indication of whether you have the correct levels of Folate in your blood, or whether you require additional supplementation.

When will my nurse test kit arrive?

If ordered before 4pm Monday-Friday, your test kit will be mailed the very same day using first class postage and should arrive the next working day, depending on your location.

How will I receive my Folate test results?

Your results will be available within one day after your sample arrives at the lab. Better2Know will provide you with a confidential login code for our secure online patient login area, where you will be able to view your results once they are available. A member of our team will also contact you directly, to inform you when the results are in.

What should I do with my results?

If your results show that you are deficient in Folic Acid, you should consider speaking with a doctor to get more information on your condition. If you are a woman, planning to get pregnant, or think you may already be pregnant, then you should seek medical advice before taking any additional supplements. Better2Know can make you an appointment with a private doctor in your local area, or you can visit your own GP.

How can I order my test?

Select the ‘Add to Basket’ button and proceed to checkout to order your Folate test. If you require assistance do not hesitate to call, we are able to complete your order over the phone. If you have any further questions use the phone number above, our team is happy to help.

How it works

How It Works

Buying your home test kits online is simple:

  • 1 Buy your test online.
  • 2 Receive it in the post.
  • 3 Provide a sample.
  • 4 Free return postage to the lab.
  • 5 Check your results securely online.

We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will you send my kit to me?

If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.

Q: Why do you need my email address?

Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.

Q: Do I need to use my real name?

No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.

Q: What does the kit packaging look like?

It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.

Q: What if I have any more questions?

You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.