SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Folic Acid Supplementation Among Adults with Hypertension Reduces Risk of Stroke
Worldwide, hypertension is the leading cause of stroke, and in China stroke is responsible for approximately 1.5 million deaths each year. Researchers studied more than 20,000 Chinese adults who had high blood pressure, but no history of stroke or heart attack. Patients were randomly assigned to receive daily treatment with a single pill combination containing enalapril and folic acid, or a tablet containing enalapril alone.
The study found a 21 percent reduction in the risk of first stroke among the group receiving folic acid supplementation.