Monday, November 13, 2006

Bye bye B's

Women who are taking them solely for that purpose [to slow the development of cardiovascular disease] may want to discontinue.
--Christine Albert, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

5,000+ women participating in the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study were randomized to folic acid/B12/B6 supplements or not to see if lowering their homocysteine levels with the B vitamins would lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Over 7 years of being B-less or B-ful, no differences were noted in the rates of heart attacks or strokes. Dr. Albert noted that these findings "provide support for homocysteine as a marker of pre-existing CVD rather than a risk factor."

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