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Topic Title: Folic Acid Supplements Don't Help the Heart
Created On: 10/12/2010 03:46 PM
 09/29/2011 07:40 AM

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At primary stage folic acid is important for heart patients but at later stage it is less effective.
 07/20/2011 10:36 AM

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I found another article that states how folic acid does not save the heart. The article was posted on FYI Living website, and it reads: [br][br][p=text-align: left; background-color: transparent; color: #000000; overflow: hidden; text-decoration: none;][br]Evidence is increasingly compelling that B vitamin supplementation is not an effective way to reduce cardiovascular risk. Elevated blood levels of a protein called [url=http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=535]homocysteine[/url] are associated with a substantial increase in atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Dietary deficiencies of folic acid and vitamins B12, which contribute to elevated homocysteine, are also associated with increased CVD risk. Yet many large, randomized control trials have not shown any benefit in heart disease risk from correcting elevated homocysteine levels with the folic acid and B12 supplementation.[br][br]The researchers behind the [url=http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/303/24/2486]SEARCH Collaborative Group[/url] compared 6,000 heart attack survivors who were supplemented 2 milligrams of folic acid and 1 milligram of vitamin B12 for 7 years with the same number of matched controls (given a placebo) to rule out potential study design flaws. What they found was that despite lowering homocysteine levels, folic acid and B12 supplementation was no better (or worse) than a placebo at preventing future cardiovascular events (defined as incidence or death from stroke, heart attack, or [url=http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007115.htm]coronary heart disease[/url]).[br][br]It is also important to note that the risk of developing cancer was not significantly different between the supplemented group and the control group. This may be of interest to those of you who read about [url=http://fyiliving.com/nutrition/vitamins-supplements/the-folic-acid-controversy/]folic acid and cancer risk in a previous article[/url] published by FYI Living.[br][br]Based on available evidence, the following strategies are more effective at protecting against cardiovascular disease than taking a B-vitamin supplement:[br][ul]
  • Maintain a [url=http://fyiliving.com/ask-the-expert/what-does-my-bmi-really-mean/]healthy weight[/url][/li]
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet rich in [url=http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/folate.asp#h2]folate[/url] (whole grains, beans, asparagus, beets, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits) and [url=http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb12.asp#h3]B12[/url] (chicken, fish, lean meats, eggs, low-fat milk, fortified breakfast cereal)[/li]
  • Know your family history for diseases like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease[/li]
  • Stop smoking[/li]
  • Stay active (30-60 minutes of moderate exercise on most days)[/li]
  • Take medications for heart-related conditions as prescribed[/li][/ul][br]Folic acid and vitamin B12 are vital nutrients for cell health, DNA replication, neurological function, and prevention of anemia, especially during periods of rapid growth, like infancy and pregnancy. For these reasons, it makes the most sense to meet your dietary needs for these, and other nutrients as outlined by the [url=http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Vitamin_and_Mineral_Supplement_Fact_Sheets.aspx]National Institute of Health,[/url] and don’t rely on popping a vitamin pill to lower your disease risk.[br][br] Source: [url=http://fyiliving.com/diet/special-diets/heart-healthy-diet/b-vitamins-cant-save-your-heart/]FYI Living[br][/url][br][/p]
  •  10/12/2010 03:46 PM

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    Remember when scientists were saying that folic acid might help prevent heart disease because it lowers levels of a protein that may cause heart disease? Turns out that it doesn't. Oh well. In good news, it doesn't appear to hurt anything either. [br][br]"Supplements containing folic acid are known to cut levels of a protein in the blood implicated in heart disease, but a large new analysis suggests that does not translate into a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer or death."[br][br]Read the article here: [url=http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69B55R20101012]http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69B55R20101012[/url] [br][br]
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