B Vitamin Protection
Timeless Nutrition Tip
There are two B complex vitamins that may protect you against cancer and heart disease and help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. They are folacin and folic acid.
These two B vitamins work with other B vitamins to help lower homocysteine, an amino acid that increases the risk of heart disease.
Many of us don't get enough of the B vitamins; according to the USDA, deficiencies in folic acid, B12, and B6 are especially common. Making sure you eat plenty of B-rich foods -- dark green vegetables, protein from animal sources, and whole grains -- is critical.
A Mood Booster?
If you have high levels of stress, or your mood feels off-kilter, B vitamins may help give you a needed boost. You can benefit from the higher amounts found in supplements.
B Complex Vitamins are critical nutrients for all things mind-related:
In the right amounts, the B vitamins can quell anxiety, lift depression, ease PMS, and boost your energy.
B complex vitamins can be found in lean meats, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.
Also, several forms of cancer may be helped by folic acid. Folate is found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, beans, oatmeal, other fortified cereals, nuts and seeds. Pasta, like many other grain products, is fortified with folate.