Folic Acid Helps to Reduce Stroke Risk, Study Says

March 20, 2015 12:42 PM

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Previous studies revealed that extra amounts of folic acid can reduce homocysteine levels, an amino acid, which in turn could reduce the risk of having stroke. The studies showed that excess of homocysteine can weaken the wall of the arteries. In the recent study, led by Dr. Yong Huo of Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China, more than 20,000 adults in China with high blood pressure and without any history of stroke or heart attack were followed.

Researchers said “Among adults with hypertension in China without a history of stroke or MI, the combined use of enalapril and folic acid, compared with enalapril alone, significantly reduced the risk of first stroke. These findings are consistent with benefits from folate use among adults with hype...

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