1. What are some good sources of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12?
Cereal grains are the main source of folic acid. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration requires the addition of folic acid to grain products in this country. Fruits and vegetables have significant amounts of vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 can be found in red meats, poultry, fish, and other seafood.
2. Could any medications I may be taking have an effect on my homocysteine level?
Yes. There are numerous drugs that may either increase or decrease the amount of homocysteine in your body. You should always keep your healthcare provider and pharmacist aware of any medications, traditional or herbal, that you are taking since they may affect the test results. Azaribine, carbamazepine, methotrexate, nitrous oxide, and phenytoin can all cause increased levels of homocysteine. Oral contraceptives can also affect the metabolism of homocysteine.
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