A new study conducted in China suggests that folic acid could help reduce the risk of stroke among people with high blood pressure.
Dr Shamim Quadir, Research Communications Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “This study suggests that having enough folic acid in your diet is an important factor in preventing first-time stroke. It also investigates whether people who make less folate (folic acid) as a result of their genetic makeup could be at increased risk of stroke.
“In the UK, these findings may help us identify and treat more people at risk of experiencing the devastating impact of a stroke. Eating plenty of foods rich in folic acid, such as broccoli, spinach and chickpeas, is a good way to ensure you’re eating enough of this important vitamin. Anyone with any concerns about their stroke risk should speak with their GP.”