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.

(Photo by Clare Bell via Flickr Creative Commons)

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