Folate for Heart Health

Studies consistently show that as homocysteine levels rise so does the risk of suffering a heart attack (Annals of Internal Medicine, 1999, vol.131). In fact, homocysteine may turn out to be a more reliable risk indicator for heart disease than cholesterol. To reduce your danger of a heart-related problem, eat lots of folate-rich foods, such as lentils, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans; leafy greens, such as spinach and kale; orange juice; and fortified breakfast cereals. If you find that you're not able to get enough of these foods, be sure to take a multi-vitamin containing the recommended daily dose of 400 micrograms of folate.

— Suzanne Girard Eberle