The benefits of supplementing folate, B6 and B12 are astounding. The results are most noticeable in people with blood pressure and high homocysteine levels. B-vitamins work to normalize homocysteine, which is a hormone linked to increasing blood pressure. The lowering of homocysteine may also aid in preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially as you age. B vitamins protect the brain from atrophying and slow down age-related changes in its composition. Folate and B-6 may reduce the risk of heart failure in men. The same vitamins seem to reduce the risk of death from stroke and heart disease in women.
Sources of folate include vegetables, fruits, whole or enriched grains, fortified cereals, beans, and legumes. B-6 sources include fish, vegetables, liver, meats, whole grains, and fortified cereals.