According to a new study published in the most recent issue of the journal Stroke, people who consume foods rich in B vitamins may be less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
For the study, a team of Japanese researchers analyzed the dietary questionnaires of 23,119 men and 35,611 women between the ages of 40 and 79 who took part in the nation’s Collaborative Cohort Study.
After an average of 14 years of follow-up, the team found that 424 people had died from heart disease, a total of 986 from stroke and 2,087 from other conditions associated with the cardiovascular system.
The investigators discovered that men with the highest blood levels of folate and vitamin B6 suffered significantly fewer deaths from heart failure compared to men with the lowest levels of the nutrient. Meanwhile, women who consumed a diet rich in B vitamins had a decreased risk of dying from stroke, heart disease and other cardiovascular-related events.
Health Day News reports that fish, meats, liver and whole grains are the best sources of vitamin B6, while fruits, beans, legumes and fortified cereals are well-known sources of folate.