Multivitamins and Homocysteine

A daily vitamin supplement may be just what your doctor orders. One multivitamin a day is safe and may reduce heart attack risk in some people.

Smoking cigarettes, diabetes, high blood pressure, an inactive life-style, high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol are some well know risk factors for heart attack, a lesser-known risk factor is high levels of homocysteine in the blood.

Homocysteine is a particular form of amino acid that can damage the inner surface of blood vessels and worsen arteriosclerosis.

Folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 can lower homocysteine levels in the blood. Even though there is not yet conclusive proof that these vitamins prevent heart attacks, doctors at MedicineNet believe that one multivitamin daily may be beneficial for some people.

It is recommended that the multivitamin should contain 400 micrograms or 0.4 milligrams of folic acid along with small amounts of vitamins B6 and B12.

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