The researchers ended the study early because they found that the group taking enalapril with folate had a significant reduction in strokes – 2.7% taking folate versus 3.4% no folate.
In the United States, 30-40% of our population has the MTHFR defect. Although many cereals are fortified with folate, providing some people with the MTHFR gene mutation with a higher level of folate, most cereals are also highly processed and loaded with sugar. I also suspect these cereals are supplemented with regular folate not the methyl-folate that those with the MTHFR defect need. So, I wouldn’t recommend eating fortified cereal to increase folate. People with the MTHFR defect would be better off eating whole foods, especially green leafy vegetables and taking a supplement, like DrPaulApproved Methyl-B12 Methyl Folate Intrinsic, or DrPaulApproved MTHFR Brain and Detox.
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Dr. Paul Thomas is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).
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