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Folic acid, a B vitamin, has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in a recent study. In samples of patients with high blood pressure, it was found that increased levels of folic acid prevents ischemia. This knowledge can help aid in the prevention of heart disease and stroke and related deaths.
Folic acid is an essential nutrient found in dark leafy vegetables, beans, peas, citrus fruits, and juices. Additionally, many breads, cereals and grains, as well as supplements, are available to support folic acid levels. Supplementation of folic acid, especially in those with a particular gene called MTHFR can significantly reduce the risk of ischemic strokes.
The study, performed by PekingUniversityFirstHospital in Beijing, included over 20,000 Chinese adults with high blood pressure. Over a period of 4.5 years, researchers found that those receiving folic acid supplements were 21% less likely to suffer from a stroke. It was also found that these patients were at a reduced risk of heart attack and related death.