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Can folic acid contribute to cardiovascular disease?

The B vitamin folic acid actually may benefit the health of the heart and blood vessels. Folate is this nutrient’s natural form. People need it to make red blood cells. Folate regulates homocysteine. This is an amino acid in the blood. Higher levels may increase cardiovascular risks. These include clotting, stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD is narrowing of the small blood vessels supplying the heart with blood and oxygen. 

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