17 May 2002
Eating more folate rich foods can help prevent stroke and cardiovascular disease, a long-term US study has confirmed.
Data on dietary folate were collected for 9764 healthy, cardiovascular disease-free men and women aged 25-74 who were followed for an average of 19 years (Stroke 2002; 33: 1183-89).
The risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease was reduced by about 20 per cent and 15 per cent respectively in people whose diet contained about 400 µg folate a day compared with those whose diet contained about 100 µg daily.
Last Reviewed: 16 May 2002