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New Information Indicates B Vitamins don't Prevent Heart Attacks


Two recent studies have indicated that there may be little truth to the widely accepted notion that B vitamins-including folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6-can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The theory was that the B vitamins could protect against an amino acid called homocysteine. Many experts believed that homocysteine was an important risk factor for heart attacks, because studies had shown high levels of the substance in people who had had heart attacks and strokes.

The new studies showed, however, that while the homocysteine levels of people who took B vitamins did go down considerably, those participants had about the same number of heart attacks and stroke. More research is needed, but for now, there's less reason to believe that B vitamins offer heart health protection.

The New England Journal of Medicine, 13 April 2006
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