Posted: Oct 13, 2010 2:01 PM by Bea Karnes
Updated: Oct 13, 2010 2:02 PM
While folic acid supplements are known to prevent certain birth defects -- they may do nothing to prevent heart disease.
Folic acid is a B-vitamin, and a vitamin B deficiency has been linked to a higher risk for inflammation associated with heart disease.
A new analysis of data suggests boosting B-vitamin and folic acid intake doesn't do anything to prevent heart attacks, stroke or death.
The pool of data was large and included information on more than 37,000 participants over a five year period.
This study was led by researchers at the University of Oxford and is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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