June 10, 2007 A published meta analysis in The Lancet concludes that people can cut their risk of a stroke by a one fifth by increasing their intake of folic acid.
Researchers found that people who took regularly supplemental folic acid reduced their relative risk of stroke by an average of 18 per cent.
Author Xiaobin Wang from the Children's Memorial Research Center in the US and colleagues analysed data from eight randomised trials looking at the link between intake of folic acid and the risk of suffering a stroke.
Natural sources of folic acid or folate include green vegetables and colorful fruits.
The Lancet 2 June 2007, Volume 369, Issue 9576
Efficacy of folic acid supplementation in stroke prevention: a meta-analysis
Authors: X Wang, X Qin, H Demirtas, J Li, G Mao, Y Huo, N Sun, L Liu, X Xu
Source: The Lancet
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