Features July 2010 Issue

Foods High in B Vitamins May Lower Cardiovascular Risks

Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 appear to be beneficial, but supplements should be taken only when recommended by a doctor.

Two recent studies point to the important role B vitamins may play in cardiovascular health. In one study, published online April 15, 2010 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that eating more foods containing the B vitamins folate and B6 was associated with a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease in women and a lower risk of death from heart failure in men. A second study, published in the April 2010 issue of Stroke, revealed that intake of folate and vitamin B12 was linked with a lower risk of ischemic stroke in men.

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