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Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. is this true?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes for some-depends: B6, B12 & Folic Acid all lower homocysteine, a metabolite of methionine.High homocysteine is a better predictor of risk of heart disease & stroke than cholesterol, high BP & smoking! these vits. Are proven to lower stroke risk but not yet proven to reduce heart attack risk-but likely will for anyone with high homocysteine. See http://www.Patrickholford.Com/index.Php/blog/blogarticle/171/ & comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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It is reasonable to ask your doctor to check your homocysteine level. If over 10 it would be wise to not only take B6, B12 & folate but trimethylglycine. High homocysteine is also associated with depression. Many with depression are among the 30 % of the population that needs to take the L-5-MTHF form of folate instead of folic acid.
May 3, 2013

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