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Folate in Your Diet may Reduce Risk of Stroke

separator If you want to reduce your risk of stroke, one way is to increase your intake of folate, a B vitamin. A study in the journal Stroke found that people who consumed at least 300 micrograms of folate per day had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and a 13 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease that people who ate less than 130 micrograms per day. The findings were based on a study of 9,764 Americans ages 25 to 74. Researchers followed the participants for 20 years.

(Pregnant women should also have folate in their diets to reduce the risk of spina bifida in their babies.)

Foods high in folate include

  • Citrus fruit

  • Leafy green vegetables

  • Dried beans

  • Grain products



Source:
Stroke, May 2002.



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