|Compelling new evidence suggests getting enough of the B vitamin folic acid can prevent heart disease deaths.
<font face=”Arial”>Researchers from Ottawa examined 1970’s data from more than 5,000 middle-aged and older men and women, categorizing them based on the amount of folic acid in their blood. Strikingly, those with the most blood folic acid were 69% less likely to die of heart disease as those with the least.
Folic acid helps reduce blood levels of homocysteine, which signals increased risk of heart attack and stroke as a result of thickened arteries.
This study is the first to link low blood folic acid and heart disease deaths — for both men and women.
Foods rich in folic acid include dark leafy greens, orange juice, broccoli, peas, dried beans and fortified cereals.
Journal of the American Medical Association, June 26, 1996.
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