Folic Acid and Heart Disease

Doubling the currently recommended intake of folic acid may reduce the chance of heart disease.

According to Doctors writing in the JAMA, increasing the vitamin folate to 400 micrograms a day would reduce an amino acid known to be associated with hardening of the arteries in the heart.

They believe 13,000 deaths annually could be prevented this way and called for long term trials to determine if this is the fact.

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