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Fight Cardiovascular Disease With Folic Acid?

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Research has revealed that the level of a particular amino acid in our blood may be the cause of cardiovascular disease, a very important finding for prevention of heart problems.

Previous studies have shown that a close association exists between high blood levels of the amino acid ‘homocysteine' and the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis and stroke. What was uncertain, however, was whether homocysteine was actually the cause of the problems. Finding an answer to this issue was important because it is known that homocysteine levels can be easily lowered by a form of vitamin B known as folic acid, which could then provide a simple and safe method of preventing cardiovascular illnesses.

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