Researchers have long debated the effect of vitamin B supplements on stroke risk, but a new research featured on Science Daily has shed positive light on the issue.

Author Xu Yuming and a research team from Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China, examined 14 different trials involving 54,913 participants. The volunteers were asked to either take vitamin B supplements or placebos with very low vitamin B content, and they were followed for approximately six months.

Although 2,471 strokes were recorded in the duration of the study, the results reveal that taking vitamin B reduced the risk by 7 percent.

"Based on our results, the ability of vitamin B to reduce stroke risk may be influenced by a number of other factors such as the body's absorption rate, the amount of folic acid or vitamin B12 concentration in the blood, and whether a person has kidney disease or high blood pressure. Before you begin taking any supplements, you should always talk to your doctor," Yuming advises.

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