Folic acid helps guard against hypertension, stroke risk

March 18, 2015 7:01 PM

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Folic acid helps guard against hypertension, stroke risk

The study followed 20,000 Chinese adults, all with high blood pressure and with history of stroke or heart disease. Over a 4.5-year trial, patients who took both folic acid supplements along with the anti-hypertension drug enalapril were less likely to have had a stroke than those who took medicine alone.

The cardiovascular benefits of folic acid, or folate, an important B vitamin, have been well documented. But in the United States, several studies showed folate supplements were no better at preventing strokes than a placebo.

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