Homocysteine, Folic Acid and the Heart: an Association Unravels

Alice Park
TIME

We may have the final word on homocysteine: higher blood levels of the amino acid don’t raise people’s risk of heart disease after all.

Several decades ago, studies of children born with an unusual genetic defect, which led them to make excessive amounts of homocysteine, found that they also suffered from higher rates of heart disease. That led researchers to wonder whether the amino acid, which is critical to many proteins, was an independent risk factor for heart problems.

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