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Research Reveals: B Vitamins Reduce Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease


Every day it seems that new benefits of B Vitamins are being discovered. And recent research indicates that it helps reduce a woman’s risk for death from stroke or heart disease.  For men it can reduce the risk of heart failure.

This information was recently released in a report titled Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. 

Research Findings from B Vitamins


The Japan Collaborative Cohort (aka JACC) Study that was recently done shows some interesting findings regarding B Vitamins and prevention of heart conditions.  Over a 14 year median they found that a pool of 58,730 women and men between the ages of 40 and 79 had the following diseases related to their cardiovascular systems which lead to death:
  • 986 died from stroke
  • 424 died from heart disease
  • 2,087 died from all other diseases that are related to the cardiovascular system

The participants for the study were divided into five different groups.  Those groups were based on the following criteria:
  • Intake of Folate
  • Intake of Vitamin B6
  • Intake of Vitamin B12

The results showed that Vitamin B12 played no role in reducing the death rate.  Men who consumed higher amounts of Vitamin B6 and Folate were associated with a lower mortality rate for heart failure.  Women had a substantially lower death rate from stroke and heart disease when they had increased levels of Vitamin B6 and Folate.

Protective Properties of Vitamin B6 and Folate

Research has shown that the protective effects of Vitamin B6 and Folate do not substantially change.  When their presence was altered via eliminating it from either diet or supplementation of Vitamin B6 and Folate, it didn’t alter the outcome of the research.  That is encouraging because it means that supplements have a positive effect, not just the food forms.

Folate and Vitamin B6 Lower Homocysteine Levels

One of the best ways to help ward off cardiovascular disease is to lower the homocysteine levels in the body.  Homocysteine is an amino acid.  It is in the blood and the primary factors that affect it are diet and heredity.  All the B Vitamins and Folic Acid help break down the homocysteines in the body.

A healthy heart is essential to healthy living.  Make sure that you incorporate B vitamins and Folates into your daily regimen, whether through the foods you eat or via supplementation. Even if you have a history of heart disease and stroke in your family, B vitamins and Folates can help act as a preventative measure.  No matter which way you look at it, B Vitamins will help your heart be healthier.

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