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Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Posted Apr 16 2010 12:00am

A new Japanese study shows that people who eat a diet high in water soluble B-vitamins are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. The study was done on almost 60,000 people with 14 years of follow-up. The study found that women who ate more foods with the B-vitamins folate (folic acid) and vitamin B-6 were less likely to die from stroke and heart disease, while men who ate a diet high in these B-vitamins were less likely to die of heart failure.

The researchers believe that folate and vitamin B-6 may help protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood that’s affected by diet and heredity. Previous research suggests that too much homocysteine may damage the inner lining of arteries and promote the formation of blood clots.

Vitamin B-6 is found in fish, liver, meats, whole grains, and fortified cereals, vegetables (carrots, peas), milk and cheese and Folate is found in leafy vegetables and fruits, orange juice, whole or enriched grains, fortified cereals, and beans and legumes.

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