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Vitamin B supplements may reduce risk of stroke


Taking supplements containing vitamin B may help cut your risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

Taking vitamin B supplements may help fend off your risk of stroke, a new study published Wednesday claims.

Previous studies regarding vitamin B have yielded conflicting results, with some suggesting that the vitamin can protect again stroke and heart attack, while others have shown that it can actually increase the risk.

Previous research has also shown that vitamin B3 may help boost recovery in patients who have suffered a stroke.

In the latest study, researchers at Zhengzhou University in China analysed 14 clinical trials involving nearly 55,000 subjects. Findings, published online in the journal Neurology, found that there was a 7% lower risk of stroke among those patients who took vitamin B supplements.

However, the findings showed that vitamin B supplementation didn't have much impact on reducing the risk of heart attack. 

The Telegraph in the UK also reports that they found that folic acid, which is also known as vitamin B9, could reduce the benefits of taking of vitamin B supplements.

Still, the researchers advise that you talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. - AFP Relaxnews


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