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B12 and Folic Acid

I am sure I saw a post on somebody taking these two supplements and I am wondering what dosage you take. I have checked and there are no interactions with any of my meds. I have been more exhausted than usual and bruising a lot easier so I’m assuming my platelets are low and I’m hoping these will help bring them up. Thanks.

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Hello. I read that too. When I was initially diagnosed with BC in 2012, I was taking a B12 supplement prescribed by my onc to prevent neuropathy.

I continued till about a month ago when a serum B12 test revealed that I was way over the normal range. High normal was 800 and mine was 1,312. Maybe before you start, ask for a blood test to see where your levels are.

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I will ask when I see my oncologist. I’m not sure if it is part of my normal blood work. I used to take one but stopped a couple of weeks ago as I assumed it wasn’t working but I’ve been so tired lately I think it might have been working.

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Hi Sarcie,

I had my vitamin B12 levels checked a few months ago (I was experiencing peripheral neuropathy) and the tests came back normal, so my GP would not offer me vitamin B12 injections. My oncologist suggested getting it from food. Nutritional yeast and marmite are good sources of vitamin B12. I can't speak for folate though.

Sophie

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I’m not sure what marmite is as we don’t have it in Canada but I have read about people eating it in books lol.

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hahaha good luck describing Marmite Sophie :).

In fact, I've Googled it for you. Here you go -

"Marmite is a British food spread produced by Unilever. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. Other similar products include the Australian Vegemite, the Swiss Cenovis, and the German Vitam-R.".

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Sounds interesting lol

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It’s called Vegimite in Australia but not sure in Canada

I love marmite on toast

Barb xx

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I don’t think we have the equivalent in Canada.

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OK, here goes! I hope I do it justice. Marmite is a yeast extract product. It looks like black tar, and has a thick consistency. You can add it to toast, or crumpets. In the adverts, it's touted as something you either love or hate! It's rich in vitamin B12. Here's a picture:

sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/gr...

Sophie x

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If I’m ever back to England I will try it. I must say the description doesn’t sound appetizing lol

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Yes, you will have to! I must admit I am not a huge Marmite fan. The only way I like it is when I eat Marmite flavoured twiglets (they look like twigs). Whereabouts in England were you?

Sophie x

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I visited my niece in Birmingham and we were in London for a bit and of course I had to go to Stonehenge. She was living there teaching but is back in Canada now.

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I hope you had a good time in Birmingham (did you visit Cadbury World?) Stonehenge and London, Sarcie. What a nice opportunity you and your niece had to travel. I've been to Canada a few times. I think it's a lovely country.

Sophie x

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Yes. I made sure to get to Cadbury world. Lol. I love my chocolate. I live in Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. We have pretty views but we just don’t have any old building alike England does. I love the character that England offers.

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Thank you! Living by the coast comes with its own charms. I live an hour from the North Sea (it's not warm enough to swim in the sea!) We went to the beach earlier this month and even though it was a hot day at home by the time we had reached the beach it was cold.

Sophie ❤

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I take both, vitamin B12 5000 mcg and folate 1 mg both with my oncologist approval. They have really enhanced my energy level. I can't speak to the platelets as I'm on Xarelto and my platelets are kept in the higher levels with that. Vitamin B12 is water soluble so it is extremely hard to take too much of it as what your body doesn't need to absorb it excretes in urine.

Sandra

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Thank you.

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thanks for that info Sandra, I'm about to ask about B12 so I'll have this dose in mind.

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I’m anaemic all the time and my oncologist told me to take folic acid and B12... my GP prescribed it and as I’m now 65 I get free prescriptions on nhs...a bonusIt does help with energy levels

Barb xx

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Thanks. I need the boost.

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Shut the back door!!!! 65. I saw your photo the other day. No way. Honestly, I'm shocked. You do not look 65.

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Sarcie,

I get B12 shots from my palliative care doc every month and take 1mg folic acid daily for my fatigue.

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Awesome. I just started 1mg of folic acid and my b12 are 1200. I’m hoping they help the fatigue and the bruising.

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Hope it helps you! This fatigue is not fun when you are used to having alot of energy!

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Ladies, do yourself a favor and get a b12 shot! More effective and it works quickly, I now get mine once a month

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Injectable B12 is only meant for those who have serum levels deficient via labs. The average person would be better served with s/l supplements/liquids/drops and of course increased sources of food. It would not be prudent of a physician to order the injection if it isn't required as there are risks.

Sandra

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Both my oncologist and primary are fine Ruth the shot. And I have no deficiencies in b12 and I also get my levels checked every quarter. No problem!

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Perfect. That's great for you.

Sandra

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I take 1000mcg of folic acid, 325 of ferrous sulfate, and 5000 mcg of B12. I take all of these to help my Anemia.

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I tried the iron supplements but some of my other meds also cause constipation and the iron made it horrible. I feel better knowing others are taking the same things.

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