Better PCOS Health: Folic Acid “Reduces Stroke Risk”

The chance of having a stroke can be reduced by as much as 30% by adding folic acid to a person’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) diet, according to research.
Folic acid has long been recommended to pregnant women or those trying to conceive because it helps to protect against birth defects. But a review of eight studies by the British medical journal The Lancet showed folic acid may have even wider health benefits.
Experts warned, however, that raising levels of folic acid must be balanced against other risks. An increase in folic acid may, for example, mask a vitamin B12 deficiency in older people. This type of anemia can cause serious health problems such as nerve damage.
Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate found in supplements and added to fortified foods. Folate, folic acid and vitamin B12 are essential for health.
Good levels can be achieved by eating a balanced diet. Green vegetables like lentils and broccoli are rich in folic acid or folate, while B12 is found in foods such as eggs and lean meat.
The current advice is that adults consume 200 micrograms of folate per day, while women who are pregnant or thinking of having a baby should take a daily 400 microgram supplement from the time they stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy. Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid is already in place in several countries, including the U.S.
Experts have known for some time that folic acid also appears to carry brain benefits by lowering the level of homocysteine, a blood protein linked both to heart disease and dementia.
Researchers looked at available data on the effects of folic acid supplementation on stroke and found the vitamin reduced the relative risk of stroke by an average of 18%. An even greater risk reduction – 30% – was seen when the treatment lasted more than 36 months, or if the individual had no past history of stroke.
No big reduction was seen if homocysteine did not go down, supporting the idea that this protein may be an important stroke risk factor.
Dr Cynthia Carlsson, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said “Ongoing trials are needed before we can conclude that the benefit of continued use of previously deemed ‘safe’ vitamin supplements outweighs the risk of other adverse cardiovascular disease outcomes.”

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