Features September 2018 Issue

What Vitamins Should You Take to Improve Your Heart Health?

There’s no evidence that any vitamin or supplement can protect your heart.

What Vitamins Should You Take to Improve Your Heart Health?

Save your money, experts say. Better yet, spend it on vegetables and fruit.

A Chinese study (included in the JACC paper) found that folic acid supplements reduced the risk of stroke 22 percent overall and 73 percent in participants who took folic acid in addition to their blood pressure medication. But those findings might be different if a similar study were conducted in the U.S., where cereals, breads, pasta and rice are fortified with folic acid. “The Chinese diet is lower in folate than our diet. It is unclear whether additional dietary folate would be beneficial here,” says Dr. Hazen.

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