Folic Acid Facts & Benefits of Garlic and Milk Thistle Supplement: Stroke risks

Healthy Red Heart

The following article is a recap from a previous interview held by with Dr. Leia Melead. It is particularly helpful for anyone seeking to reduce their risk of a stroke (which by the way, is a leading cause of death in the world!)

Helpful Supplementation to Reduce Stroke Risk

Question for Dr. Leia: I have congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and Hepititis C. Can I mix herbal teas for the problems. If not how can I take herbs for all of these?

Dr. Leia’s Answer: It sounds as if you have a complicated health history thus making self treatment difficult for you. Also, you didn’t mention which chemical prescription drugs that the doctor has prescribed for you. With this in mind, it would be best to visit a holistic doctor who would be able to tell you the contraindications of taking herbs combined with your prescription medications.

For your high blood pressure it might be ok for you to use garlic in powder, tea or capsule form. Garlic is fairly innocuous unless you have an allergy to it and unless you are on blood pressure medications and take excessive amounts of garlic resulting in too low blood pressure. To prevent this, you should check your blood pressure daily and be closely monitored by your doctor when taking garlic supplements.

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition and you should be under a doctor’s care. There are some nutriceuticals such as coenzyme Q10, and fish oil capsules, among other things, which are very important for heart health. Hawthorne berry tea would also be good for your heart and circulation and could probably be taken safely.

Hepatitis C is a virus which can cause severe liver damage, so you should be under a doctor’s care and monitored regularly. Milk Thistle seed tea and capsules may support your liver, but will not kill the virus which is the cause of liver problems. There are many different forms of Milk Thistle supplements to choose from, so be sure and use one from a reputable source which contains no added fillers.

You might want to consider seeing a homeopathic doctor who could prescribe a homeopathic remedy or nosode for this virus.

Dr. Leia Melead

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid Vitamin B 9 is also referred to as Folic Acid and it is a necessary precursor that assists the body in manufacturing genetic material like RNA and DNA. Folic acid also supports the repair and growth of tissues and in the conversion of fats and amino acids into other useful products in the body.

Research on Folic Acid Facts

Recent research has revealed that by increasing your intake of folic acid you may be reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

There was a study done by Dr. Jiang, a researcher from Tulane University School of Public health and Tropical Medicine
in New Orleans. This study involved 9,764 patients of both sexes on the benefits of folic acid. This was labeled the U.S. National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES 1) Epidemiologic Follow-Up Study.

They used medical records and death certificates to determine the cardiovascular disease and incidence of stroke between
1971 and 1992. During that time there were 926 strokes and 3,758 cases of cardiovascular disease among the 9,764 patients.

The study was published in the May (2002) issue of Stroke, the journal of American Heart Association. The report confirmed that those who took at least 300 micrograms a day had of folic acid had a 20% lower risk
of stroke as compared to individuals who consumed less than 136 micrograms per day.

The statistics resulted in a risk decrease of 13% for cardiovascular disease whose intake of folic acid was 300 micrograms
compared to the individuals in the study whose intake was 136 micrograms.

These are significant findings to suggest that daily folic acid added to the diet will decrease the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.