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To Vitamin B or Not to Vitamin B

by Diane Lofshult on Oct 01, 2006

Two studies this year have debunked the belief that vitamin B and folic acid can lower cardiovascular risk. In fact, both reports, which appeared in the March 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, warn that vitamin B and folic acid supplementation may actually put users at greater risk of heart disease.

This research contradicts previous studies, which had theorized that vitamin B taken with folic acid can reduce blood levels of the protein called homocysteine, which has long been linked to heart disease. Study participants were given either a placebo or folic acid supplements combined with vitamins B6 and B12 and then studied for a period of either 3 or 5 years.

Even though the new studies showed that the combined supplements lowered homocysteine levels by as much as 27%, the researchers concluded that this treatment had no significant effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at