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Wednesday, 25 September 2013
New research shows that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke.
For the study, scientist analysed 14 randomized clinical trials with a total of 54,913 participants. The studies compared vitamin B use with a placebo or a low-dose B vitamin. Participants were then followed for a minimum of six months. There were 2,471 strokes throughout the studies, all of which showed some benefit of taking vitamin B.
Researchers found that vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke in the studies overall by seven percent.
“Based on our results, the ability of vitamin B to reduce stroke risk may be influenced by a number of other factors such as the body’s absorption rate, the amount of folic acid or vitamin B12 concentration in the blood, and whether a person has kidney disease or high blood pressure,” Xu Yuming, with Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China, was quoted as saying.
SOURCE: Neurology, September 2013