Harvard Heart Letter

To lower stroke risk, be sure to get this B vitamin

Green vegetables and citrus fruits are good natural sources of folate.

If you're among the one in three American adults with high blood pressure, be sure you're getting enough of the B vitamin known as folate. Doing so may lower your odds of having a stroke, a new study suggests.

Folate occurs naturally in many foods, but especially green leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits. And in the United States, most grain products (including wheat flour, cornmeal, pasta, and rice) are fortified with the synthetic version of the vitamin, known as folic acid.

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