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For those of you who seem to be the resident heart health experts, how much folic acid should I take to protect my heart re homocystine levels?
My MD recommended Folgard, but there are two levels: 800mcg, or 5mg that is prescription.Thanks-
Green leafy vegetables contain B vitamins, including folate. The prescription level is presumably only for people who are extremely deficient.
If you take a B complex tablet in addition to a multivitamin, you will get MORE than enough for preventative therapy. B's are water soluble so you won't get too much. It's when you start taking the concentrated forms of one B vitamin that you can cause imbalances and that "can" lead to problems.
Thanks for the replies. I did find out that anything over 1mg of folic acid is prescription. The Folgard comes in 3 levels: 5 mg, 2.2 mg, and the 800mcg.I think I'll take the 800mcg and see how I do. I really appreciate the info.
Plan: south beach
How much folic acid you need depends on whether your
homocycteine is high.Your doctor can test this for you.
high homocysteine: 2.4 mg folic acid,50 mg B6,1mg B12
normal homocysteine: 800 mcg folic acid,2 mg B6,200 mcg B12