Folate

Good News for Women: Folate Lowers Blood Pressure

…took more than 1,000 mcg a day of folate (folic acid) had an astonishing 46 percent lower risk of high blood pressure than those getting less then 200 mcg a day. JAMA’s report was based upon published data from the ongoing Nurses Health Study (NHS) regarding folate intake. Researchers followed a huge…

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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

…will help prevent high homocysteine levels. However, to be safe, I recommend 800 mcg folic acid and 40 mg of vitamin B6 per day. Natural sources of folate include dark green leafy vegetables, beans, legumes, oranges, orange juice, and fortified cereals. To read about other heart risk factors and how to…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…conditions, like congestive heart failure, are due to suboptimal levels of vitamins and minerals, such as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium. * Taking folate reduces birth defects in women of childbearing age. * Low levels of vitamin B12 can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer. * Vitamin…

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The Best Homocysteine Level for Cardiac Health

…40 mg of vitamin B6 * 200 mcg of vitamin B12 daily If this doesn’t work (because of the genetic defect), you can consider switching to a methyl folate supplement, such as metafolin, the most highly bioavailable form of folic acid (not to be confused with the diabetes medication Metformin). I normally…

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Eating Avocado for Healthy Cholesterol

…lower your fat intake, know that you can enjoy them again. Avocados are also rich in 20 nutrients including: * Vitamins B6, C, E and K * Riboflavin * Folate * Copper * Zinc * Magnesium * Choline Plus, they help with the absorption of other nutrients, especially the carotenoids. Healthiest Ways of Eating…

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Heart-Healthy Nutrition: Chicken with Peapods and Zucchini

…Europeans in the 1900’s, is not only low in calories (an entire squash has just about 30 calories), it’s filled with lutein, vitamins C and A, folate, and potassium. Zucchini is delicious steamed, or coated with olive oil and broiled on the grill. Plus, here’s another favorite zucchini recipe from…

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Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally With Asparagus

…contains glutathione and other sulfur derivatives that support antioxidant and immunological defense systems. It’s also rich in both vitamin K and folate. Plus, it bolsters antioxidant levels and helps to intercept depression, which is a newer risk factor for heart disease. For more fun facts about the…

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8 Ways to Avoid Colorectal Cancer

…chance of colon cancer by 30 percent, and stomach cancer by 50 percent. 6. Take B Vitamins: Studies have shown a compelling connection between reduced folate levels in the blood and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Consuming more vitamin B6 is the way to do this and has also been linked to less colorectal…

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Why You Need Vitamin Supplements

…lowers blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed women who took more than 1,000 mcg a day of folate (folic acid) had an astonishing 46 percent lower risk of high blood pressure than those getting less then 200 mcg a day. This barely scratches the…

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Folic Acid for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Prevention

…elevated homocysteine. Only 60 percent of the folic acid you get into your body ends up in the active form called 5-MTHF. This is the only form of folate that your body can use immediately and efficiently and the only form that crosses the blood-brain barrier. I recommend taking 100 mcg of 5-MTHF folic…

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