Folate is a form of B vitamin that occurs naturally in many foods. Folic acid is the man-made form of folate that is added to processed foods or vitamin and mineral supplements. Folate is needed in the human body for production of red blood cells.
A lack (deficiency) of folate in the human body can be caused by certain diseases, by taking certain medications, or by not getting enough folate in your diet. Folate deficiency can lead to decreased red blood cells, or anemia.
Folate MAXX L-methylfolate is a dietary supplement for use in people who have conditions related to folate deficiency. A Folate MAXX brand of l-methylfolate is used in the following situations: In people who have high levels of a certain amino acid in their blood, a condition called hyperhomocysteinemia. This condition can be related to folate deficiency.
In women with high-risk pregnancies who need additional folate in their diets to prevent hyperhomocysteinemia; or In people with certain types of anemia (a lack of red blood cells) that may be complicated by a folate deficiency. The Folate MaXX brand of l-methylfolate is used in the following situations: in people with major depressive disorder who have folate deficiency. Deplin is used together with anti-depressant medications in people with major depressive disorder and low folate levels. in people with schizophrenia who have hyperhomocysteinemia related to folate deficiency. Folate MAXX is not an antidepressant. However, it may enhance the effects of antidepressant medications.
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