PCOS women are prone to high homocysteine levels, which damages blood vessels and creates a risk of heart disease and stroke. Folate helps clear the body of excess homocysteine. But it does the job even better when teamed up with vitamins B6 and B12.
High homocysteine levels may also be linked to osteoporosis in postmenopausal women because it can interfere with collagen production, which makes up the matrix, or base, of bone tissue.
Adding folate can also help to keep your mind young, again because it reduces homocysteine. Folate boosts production of red blood cells and appears to ward off one of the causes of age-related cognitive decline by tackling the brain cell-damaging effects of homocysteine.
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.