Heart-Healthy Folic Acid
For individuals with a high risk of cardiovascular disease,
folic acid supplements may help reduce hardening of the
arteries and counter the development of atherosclerosis.
A new meta-analysis of 10 clinical trials involving more
than 2,000 people found that the benefits were even
greater when the researchers used data from trials that
reported the greatest reduction in levels of homocysteine,
an amino acid linked to heart disease at high levels.
Folic acid¡ªalong with vitamins B6 and B12¡ªhelps break
homocysteine down in the body.
Separate studies show that low blood levels
of folic acid are linked to a higher risk of
fatal coronary heart disease and stroke.
Choose a multivitamin containing
400 micrograms of this important
American Heart Association, www.heart.org ¡ñ ¡°Effect of Folic
Acid Supplementation on the Progression of Carotid Intima-Media
Thickness . . .¡± by X. Qin et al., Atherosclerosis, 6/12 ¡ñ ¡°Folic Acid
Supplements May Slow Artery Hardening: Study¡± by Stephen Daniells,