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    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Eat Those Brussel Sprouts: A study in today's British Medical Journal supports the idea that folic acid is good for your heart:

    British scientists have discovered that raised levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood is one of the causes of cardiovascular disease.

    They say that increasing intake of folic acid would be a relatively cheap and simple way of reducing heart disease.

    Previous studies have also suggested that eating plenty of folic acid, a type of vitamin B, could help to prevent strokes and some cancers and could potentially halve the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

    Since folic acid helps to lower homocysteine, the scientists believe increasing intake of the vitamin could help to reduce the risk of disease.

    ....Rich dietary sources of folic acid include fortified breakfast cereals, bread, green leafy vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach and green beans, oranges, dried beans, peas and lentils.


    Taking folic acid, or eating spinach and Brussel sprouts, every day certainly won't harm you. (The study, which is really a review of all the other studies done so far, is here.) And don't forget to have a glass of red wine with them.
     

    posted by Sydney on 11/25/2006 09:24:00 AM 3 comments

    3 Comments:

    eating spinach... every day certainly won't harm you.
    Well. We hope. ;)

    By Blogger BuddhistValkyrie, at 11:27 AM  

    Spinach is indeed an evil vegetable. It chelates calcium, which some people need more than folate.

    By Anonymous Danie, at 11:46 AM  

    Here's my post on the question, from March, 2004. According to one estimate, adding folic acid supplements to flour has prevented an estimated 48,000 deaths from strokes and heart attacks per year in the United States.

    (I haven't seen any estmates of the costs of adding the supplements, but it can't be very high. This is effective medicine -- and very cheap.)

    One interesting detail: The British were much slower to add these supplements than we were. I have no idea why.

    By Anonymous Jim Miller, at 2:16 PM  

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