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What does taking folic acid do for men?

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Folic acid prevents heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type-2 diabetes and anemia and treats depression, as stated by Men’s Fitness. Folic acid supplements also assist the body in forming new red blood cells, proteins and DNA.

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Folate and vitamin B12 combine to boost metabolism of the amino acids methionine and homocysteine to prevent heart disease, according to Men’s Fitness. Regular consumption of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid may prevent memory loss that often occurs with old age and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Folic acid reduces fat in the blood to prevent obesity and type-2 diabetes, and folic acid supplements are coupled with antidepressants to enhance responsiveness to the medicine. Views are mixed on how folic acid affects cancer. Previously thought to prevent cancer, as of 2015, some research indicates it may increase the risk of contracting certain cancers, such as prostate cancer.

Up to 1,000 micrograms of folic acid in supplemental form per day is the recommended dose, according to Men’s Fitness. Higher doses may cause seizures, a vitamin B-12 deficiency, sleep issues, stomach problems and skin irritations. Since folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin and is eliminated through urine, there are no health risks related to folate consumption from food.

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