3. Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Interaction between B vitamins and homocysteine and its relevance to a food fortification programme

Project Reference:

02-PG-018

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

October, 2002

Project Duration:

48 months

Abstract:

Homocysteine is an amino acid found naturally in the body. It is thought that increased levels of this amino acid may cause heart disease. However, there are four B vitamins involved in homocysteine metabolism (breakdown) - folate, riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6) and B12. This project aimed to examine the relative importance of three of these four B vitamins (folate, B2 and B6) in homocysteine metabolism.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Geraldine Cuskelly, Queen’s University Belfast

Collaborator(s):

Single supplier

Outputs:

Report:

The PhD thesis is available on request and can be accessed through Queen’s University Belfast