Folic acid supplements might not lower health risks

October 12, 2010 2:48:53 PM PDT
Folic acid supplements may provide no help for the heart after all.

Supplements containing folic acid are known to cut levels of a protein in the blood implicated in heart disease.

But a large new analysis in the archives of internal medicine suggests that does not translate into a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer or death.

One in every three U.S. adults reports taking multivitamins containing folic acid. It has been known to help prevent birth defects and neural tube defects.


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