Medical News Summary: Hypertension risk may be lowered by high folate intake


About: Hypertension risk may be lowered by high folate intake
Date: 20 January 2005
Source: Health Talk
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Health Talk): Previous studies have found that folate taken during pregnancy helps reduce the risk of some birth defects. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Harvard Medical School involved 150,000 female. The results indicated that folate can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure in young females. Results showed that consumption of at least 1,000 micrograms of folate daily reduced the risk of hypertension by 46% compared to women who consumed less than 200 micrograms daily. An 18% reduction in risk of hypertension was also observed in older females who had a high folic acid intake. Folate can be consumed naturally by eating dark, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits and juices and dried beans and peas. Folate can also be consumed as the synthetic form - folic acid which is available as a tablet.
Related Disease Topics: Vitamin deficiency, Birth defect, Pregnancy, High blood pressure, Hypertension

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