Your Health: Jul. 2, 2001


FORTIFYING RESULTS Just two years after folic acid, a B vitamin, was added to many grain products in the U.S., certain birth defects of the brain and spine are down 19%. Enriched food provides about a quarter of the 400 micrograms a day that experts say women of childbearing age need. The rest can come from supplements, hyperfortified cereals and leafy green vegetables.

MELLOW YELLOW Long thought to help prevent blindness, a golden-hued antioxidant called lutein may also be good for the heart. In a study of 480 healthy men and women, those whose blood contained high levels of...

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