Folic acid is proven to cut the risk of strokes. Other well known benefits of folic acid are the prevention of Spina Bifida. There are many foods high in folic acid, primarily fortified grains.
A recent review of 8 major studies from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand has shown folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of stroke by t Did you know some breads and other grains are already fortified with folic acid…but is it the most effective form?
Wow! This is great news for the prevention of strokes and I must add, the benefits of folic acid have not been lost on holistic physicians for many, many years. We should all welcome conventional medicine to the party!
Although these studies did not include prevention of other cardiovascular conditions in their findings, it wouldn’t be rocket science to safely assume that folic acid supplementation does provide some amount of prevention of heart attack, coronary heart disease and peripheral artery disease. In fact, it’s actually well known.
Holistic physicians have long tested for homocysteine levels as part of a standard cardiovascular risk screening…quite a bit different than the limited screenings that your conventional physician will do…along with total cholesterol, HDL’s, LDL’s and triglycerides. Elevated homocysteine levels are a marker of inflammation in the body, especially in the arteries and can be reduced…along with risk…with the taking of a folic acid supplement. FYI…inflammation is the missing key when it comes to cardiovascular health….but you probably won’t get your doc to acknowledge that!
Other folic acid deficiency conditions are anemia, birth defects, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and it has been linked to colon and breast cancer.
Foods high in folic acid are fortified grains (bread), liver, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit and yeast.
Though any form of folic acid will be helpful, the most effective form is called L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate. Big name, but even bigger benefits. This is a form that requires fewer metabolic steps to be used effectively by the body. Recommended dosage ranges from 400-1000 mcg. per day.
- L-5 methyltetrahydrofolate 800 mcg.
- Methylcobalamin (B12) 1000 mcg.
Provides proper folate AND B12 (methyl form) and is used to maintain proper homocysteine levels. Also contains Intrinsic Factor which may help B12 absorption. Also used by those with knowledge of a MTHFR mutation.♦
Contact Dr. Dahlman for exact dosage.