Folic Acid Lowers Risk of Stroke in Adults with Hypertension

If you are like 1/3 of American Adults that have high blood pressure you may want to check your folate (folic acid) levels. Folate is the naturally occurring B vitamin found in many green leafy vegetables but added to many foods in the form of folic acid because of its well-documented role in maintaining health especially for pregnant women. Folic acid's cardio protective qualities have been documented for decades according- see the link to Harvard Medical School's article on the same topic below.

A robust study in China demonstrated better protection from stroke using a combination of folic acid and enalapril (a well studied cheap generic antihypertensive medication) for patients with already low levels of folic acid and hypertension.

A general practitioner or primary care physician may recommend routine bloodwork which will quickly uncover certain types of anemia and vitamin deficiencies like a folate deficiency. The important thing is that you speak openly with your healthcare professional and follow their guidelines- just be sure that you are being heard too.

References: 

1. Harvard Medical School Article By Judy Corliss:

Folic acid, a B vitamin, lowers stroke risk in people with high blood pressure

2. Study Published In JAMA Network

Huo Y, Li J, Qin X, et al. Efficacy of Folic Acid Therapy in Primary Prevention of Stroke Among Adults With Hypertension in China: The CSPPT Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA. 2015;313(13):1325–1335. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2274

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