Adding folate – or it’s synthetic form called folic acid – to your diet may help reduce the chances of developing high blood pressure, which is a classic symptom of both polycystic ovarian syndrome and PCOS-linked cardiovascular disease.
Folate helps the body form red blood cells and also appears to ward off one of the causes of age-related cognitive decline, namely homocysteine – a protein that can damage brain cells as well as blood vessels.
Fruits such as oranges, strawberries and avocados are folate-rich, while vegetables like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, broccoli and spinach are also good sources.
Certain fortified grain food, such as breads and cereals, contain folic acid. It’s a good idea to check the label on these products to determine their folic acid content.
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