Saturday, 25. February 2012
Women aged 43-70 years also saw a benefit of folic acid blood pressure raised. Of these women, those with a higher intake of folic acid has a 18 percent lower risk of blood pressure.The researchers say that folic acid is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, helping to relax blood vessels and improve circulation.
They found a significant relationship between folic acid and high-risk blood pressure, but the relationship between folic acid from food sources and the risk of blood pressure was unclear.
Although the total intake of folic acid has been linked with a lower risk of high blood pressure, researchers say their results show that folic acid may play a more important role in the prevention of hypertension.
Information about folic acid from food and supplements were collected from women and updated every four years. Which to choose? Diet and supplements
Women who get plenty of folic acid in their diet or supplements are less likely to have high blood pressure.
The results indicate that the beneficial effects of folic acid supplementation on the risk of blood pressure decrease was greater among young women. Researchers say these findings may have important implications for public health, because women of childbearing age are already advised to take vitamins that contain folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects.
A special session of the PAC10 this year will be screening and early detection services in the pharmacy in Australia – What we can do now to cardiovascular disease, presented by Kevin McNamara from Monash University.
High blood pressure affects about 65 million people in the United States since the risk of developing high blood pressure increases with age, say the researchers to identify ways to reduce the risk of disease a person from diet and lifestyle could have a major impact on public health.
The results showed that women aged 27-44 years who received at least 1000 micrograms per day of folic acid in their diet and supplements were 46 percent less likely to develop hypertension than women who received less than 200 micrograms per day.