A recently published study indicates that getting a daily dose of folic acid may lower your risk of stroke.
Â Thatâs right â the same vitamin pregnant mothers are encouraged to take to prevent a number of birth defects, comes back to help you in your golden years.
Â Researchers took a look back at eight previous trials of folic acid where participants suffered from strokes in the end.
Â The researchers found that taking folic acid supplements reduced stroke risk by 18%. They further found that taking it for a prolonged period of time (over 36 months) reduced the risk of stroke by more than 20%.
Â Further studies need to be done to determine the required daily dose for stroke prevention. Currently the recommended daily intake is 0.4 mg.
Â But the good news is that folic acid is easily found in many foods. In its natural form itâs called folate and is found in the following:
Â — beans and peas (half a cup of boiled blackeye peas gives 105mg) — dark green leafy veggies (half a cup of boiled from frozen spinach gives 100mg; 1 cup raw gives 60mg) — asparagus (4 boiled spears gives 85mg) — avocado (half a cup sliced gives 45mg) — nuts and seeds (1 ounce of dry roasted peanuts gives 40mg) — oranges (1 small orange gives 30mg) In North America certain foods are also fortified with the synthetic version, called folic acid, including: — enriched cereal — enriched grain products, including white and whole wheat bread
Â Until researchers discover the exact dosage required to help prevent stroke, itâs easy in the meantime, to get your DRI of folic acid from food sources, or even a multi-vitamin if need be.