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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Get Enough (but not too much) Vitamin B Folate

Folate is a B vitamin that can be found naturally in beans such as baked beans, Great Northern beans and black-eyed peas, as well as in greens such as spinach, broccoli and asparagus. In addition, folate can also be found in fortified-enriched foods such as pastas, breads and breakfast cereals.

The following article details a Harvard School of Public Health study that found that getting enough folate is good for your health, but getting too much folate could possibly be bad for your health. The article outlines the study findings, talks about cancer risks, heart disease, and advanced and multiple tumors, as well as details the correct amounts of folate for optimum health.

The article notes that low levels of folate can weaken your chromosomes and mutate your tumor-suppressing genes. It also notes that getting a high dose of folate does not lower your risk of cancer, and could raise your risk of tumors.

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