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For most uses, folate is taken at nutritional doses, about 400 mcg daily for adults. However, higher dosages—up to 10 mg daily—have been used to treat specific diseases. In the study discussed here, smokers received a daily dose of 5 mg folate. Before taking more than 400 mcg daily, it is important to make sure that you don't have a vitamin B 12 deficiency (see Side Effects & Warnings for more information).

Folate (folic acid) supplements are widely available. Good food sources of folate include dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, other fruits, rice, brewer's yeast, beef liver, beans, asparagus, kelp, soybeans, and soy flour.

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  1. Mangoni AA, Sherwood RA, Swift CG, et al. Folic acid enhances endothelial function and reduces blood pressure in smokers: a randomized controlled trial. J Intern Med. 2002;252:497-503.
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For most uses, folate is taken at nutritional doses, about 400 mcg daily for adults. However, higher dosages—up to 10 mg daily—have been used to treat specific diseases. In the study discussed here, smokers received a daily dose of 5 mg folate. Before taking more than 400 mcg daily, it is important to make sure that you don't have a vitamin B 12 deficiency (see Side Effects & Warnings for more information).

Folate (folic acid) supplements are widely available. Good food sources of folate include dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, other fruits, rice, brewer's yeast, beef liver, beans, asparagus, kelp, soybeans, and soy flour.

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Research demonstrates that folate may help decrease blood pressure (as well as provide other heart healthy effects) in smokers.

In a double-blind, randomized trial, 24 "young chronic smokers" (average age 37.8 years) were divided into two groups. Some subjects received a daily folate supplement (5 mg) and others received a placebo. The study lasted four weeks. Researchers concluded that folate supplementation effectively improved the function of the lining (endothelium) of subjects' blood vessels and lowered their blood pressure.67

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Folate plays a number of very important functions in the body, including cell division. Its exact role in the reduction of blood pressure is not yet clear. It may help reduce high blood pressure by a number of actions. For instance, folate may reduce homocysteine levels in the blood of smokers (smoking is associated with higher levels of homocysteine). Reduced homocysteine allows the lining of the blood vessels, called endothelium, to , including enhancing the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels. Better endothelial function means that blood vessels are can dilate (open) more effectively, thus reducing blood pressure.67

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Folate plays a number of very important functions in the body, including cell division. Its exact role in the reduction of blood pressure is not yet clear. It helps reduce high blood pressure by reducing may help reduce high blood pressure by a number of actions, including enhancing the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels. Better endothelial function means that blood vessels are can dilate (open) more effectively, thus reducing blood pressure.67

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Folate plays a number of very important functions in the body, including cell division. Its exact role in the reduction of blood pressure is not yet clear. It may may hel help reduce high blood pressure by a number of actions, including enhancing the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels. Better endothelial function means that blood vessels are can dilate (open) more effectively, thus reducingmultiple actions, including improving the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood presvessels^ reducing blood pressure.67

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For most uses, folate is taken at nutritional doses, about 400 mcg daily for adults. However, higher dosages—up to 10 mg daily—have been used to treat specific diseases. In the study discussed here, smokers received a daily dose of 5 mg folate. Before taking more than 400 mcg daily, it is important to make sure that you don't have a vitamin B 12 deficiency (see Side Effects & Warnings for more information).

Folate (folic acid) supplements are widely available. Good food sources of folate include dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, other fruits, rice, brewer's yeast, beef liver, beans, asparagus, kelp, soybeans, and soy flour.

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Enter section content.. Folate plays a number of very important functions in the body, including cell division. Its exact role in the reduction of blood pressure is not yet clear. It may help reduce high blood pressure by a number of actions, including enhancing the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels. Better endothelial function means that blood vessels are can dilate (open) more effectively, thus reducing blood pressure.67

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Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin that is best known for its role in preventing certain birth defects, also . It plays many important roles in the body and has benefits for heart health in adults. It Folate may be particularly useful for helping to control hypertension in people who smoke.

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Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin that is best known for its role in preventing certain birth defects. It plays many important roles in the body and has benefits for heart health in adults. Folate may be particularly useful for helping to control hypertension in people who smoke.

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Research demonstrates that folate may help decrease blood pressure (as well as provide other heart healthy effects) in smokers.

In a double-blind, randomized trial, 24 "young chronic smokers" (average age 37.8 years) were divided into two groups. Some subjects received a daily folate supplement (5 mg) and others received a placebo. The study lasted four weeks. Researchers concluded that folate supplementation effectively improved the function of the lining (endothelium) of subjects' blood vessels and lowered their blood pressure.67

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Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin that is best known for its role in preventing certain birth defects. It plays many important roles in the body and has benefits for heart health in adults. Folate may be particularly useful for helping to control hypertension in people who smoke.

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Folate plays a number of very important functions in the body, including cell division. Its exact role in the reduction of blood pressure is not yet clear. It may help reduce high blood pressure by a number of actions, including enhancing the function of the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels. Better endothelial function means that blood vessels are can dilate (open) more effectively, thus reducing blood pressure.67

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