01/20/2005 - News

Higher folate linked to reduced blood pressure

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD


Higher folate linked to reduced blood pressure

Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

Women who consume more folic acid are less likely to develop high blood pressure.
We already know that a diet high in fruit and vegetables can help keep blood pressure under control. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in folate - the dietary form of folic acid, which can also be taken as a supplement.

A new report from the long-running Nurses Health Study shows that women whose folate/folic acid intake is high tend to be less likely to have high blood pressure. Younger women - aged 27 to 44 years - who took at least 1,000 micrograms a day had a 46 per cent reduced risk of hypertension compared to women whose intake was less than 200 micrograms a day. For older women, the reduced risk was 18 per cent. This is an interesting finding worthy of further investigation - because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Journal of the American Medical Association 19th January 2005 Volume 293 pages 320-329

Created on: 01/20/2005
Reviewed on: 01/20/2005

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