Folate for Everybody?

Folic acid is one of the more essential B vitamins, especially for women of childbearing age, and a little bit—100 micrograms a day—goes a long way toward preventing spina bifida and other birth defects. Now a major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has confirmed what smaller studies had only hinted at: that women who consume large amounts of folate (in the region of 1,000 micrograms a day) have a lower risk of developing hypertension—for younger women, it's significantly lower.

The report, part of the ongoing Nurses' Health Study, tracked the folate intake of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!