Folic acid, a B vitamin, lowers stroke risk in people with high blood pressure

March 18, 2015 5:26 PM

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Folic acid, a B vitamin, lowers stroke risk in people with high blood pressure

If you’re among the one in three American adults with high blood pressure, be sure you’re getting plenty of the B vitamin known as folate. Doing so may lower your odds of having a stroke, an often disabling or deadly event linked to high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Folate occurs naturally in many foods, but especially green leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits. Here in the United States, add to the list most grain products, including wheat flour, cornmeal, pasta, and rice. They are fortified with the synthetic version of folate, known as folic acid.

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