Thickening of the wall of the carotid artery is the hallmark of atherosclerosis. Homocysteine is an important risk factor for atherosclerosis. Folic acid prevents the build up of homocysteine.
   This review of ten studies included 2,052 people who used folic acid. It found that . . .  folic acid reduced homocysteine levels and that it slowed the increase in arterial wall thickness, especially in people with the most thickening of the arterial wall or the worst kidney or heart disease.
   So, if you have atherosclerosis, consider adding folic acid to your treatment program.

(Atherosclerosis 2012;222:307-13)

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