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Folic Acid for Men

Q: Should men take folic acid supplements too?

Dr. Donnica:
Folic acid is most well known for its ability to reduce birth defects when taken by women before and during pregnancy. Folic acid supplementation by expectant fathers has no benefit on babies, but it has been shown to suppress homocysteine. This is a blood factor linked to higher rates of heart disease, stroke, depression, and Alzheimer's disease.  At this point, the standard daily recommendation for men and women is 400 micrograms per day.

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Created: 11/10/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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