Folate-rich diet may reduce heart disease risk

May 30, 2000 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Folate-rich diet may reduce heart disease risk

In a new study from the University of Florida nutritionists say consuming folate-rich foods daily can benefit women well into their golden years. The study provides evidence that folate plays a role in reducing a risk factor for heart disease in older women.

In the 14-week study, 33 postmenopausal women ages 63 to 85 consumed a folate-rich diet, consisting of orange juice and foods fortified with folic acid, containing the daily 400 microgram recommended intake for folate.

The conclusion shows these folate foods significantly decreased levels of homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease, the number one cause of death in postmenopausal women.

Food sources containing natural folate include orange juice and dark green leafy vegetables (especially spinach), strawberries, peanuts, beans and legumes. Since 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required certain foods to be fortified with folic acid, including bread, cereal, pasta, flour, crackers and rice. While fortified foods and folic acid supplements are recommended for women of childbearing age, it is wise for women of all ages to include foods folate-rich foods in their diet.

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