Contributes to a healthier cardiovascular system
What does it take to have a healthy cardiovascular system?
A vigorous heart with good exercise tolerance
Strong but elastic vessels that allow blood to flow without resistance and a normal blood pressure
Blood containing sufficient oxygen-transporting red cells
Nutrition plays a major role in the maintenance of these parameters at healthy values: If it is well known that a high cholesterol diet is deleterious to the cardiovascular system, it is less known that a diet lacking Folic acid and Vitamin B6 and B12 hinders proper degradation of homocysteine, a metabolic by product which excessive accumulation is considered as a factor promoting cardiovascular problems.
For various reasons (unbalanced diet, old age, pregnancy) the dietary supply of Folic acid is often not adapted to the actual physiological needs. Even with a balanced diet, since Folic acid is very sensitive to heat, the way of cooking might strongly affect Folic acid intake