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Study link: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2205876
Vitamin B9, aka folic acid or folate, has many health benefits. It is most well-known for prevention of birth defects as a prenatal vitamin, protecting the brain and spinal cord. It may also help with Heart disease (coronary artery disease, heart attack), stroke, Dementia, cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease, Age related Hearing loss, and Depression. Regarding cancer it has been linked with benefits to colon, breast, cervical, pancreatic and stomach cancer as well as ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia).It may help with Amenorrhea, Anemia, Bipolar disorder, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Diabetes, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Gout, High blood pressure (hypertension), Glucose intolerance, Kidney disease, and Multiple sclerosis. Additional potential benefits (requiring more research) include phenytoin-induced gingival hyperplasia, prevention of pregnancy complications, blood clots, Vitilgo, Fragile X, Diarrhea, Gray hair, Mouth ulcers, Peptic ulcer, Poor growth.
Common sources include greens ( spinach, dark leafy greens, asparagus), Turnip, beets, and mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, Lima beans, soybeans, kidney beans, white beans, mung beans, Beef liver, Brewer’s yeast, Root vegetables, Whole grains, Wheat germ, Bulgur wheat, Salmon, Orange juice, Avocado, and Milk and All grain and cereal products in the U.S. are fortified with folic acid.
Source: Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) Lowers Stroke Risk in People with High Blood Pressure A Study Finds