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FAA Medical Certification | Deplin (Levomefolic acid)
This vitamin / derivative of folate (vitamin B9), and may provide good results for the treatment of depression. Deplin is not regulated by the FDA in the U.S. and, on a case by case basis, may be allowed by the FAA. Approval for Deplin use is acceptable to the FAA provided that you do not have a disqualifying psychiatric condition. Keep in mind, it is usually the condition, not the treatment which establishes eligibility for FAA medical certification.
Some research has shown that Vitamin B9 fuels the synthesis of
key brain chemicals which are typically involved with depression. While B9
(folate) supplements have helped many depressed people, apparently many others can’t
properly convert folate to L-methylfolate, which is a required step to pass
through the “blood-brain barrier” and enter the central nervous system.
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