Vitamin B may reduce risk of heart disease

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:493
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Consuming high levels of vitamin B6 and folate may substantially reduce a woman's risk of coronary artery disease, according to study published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 1998;279:359-64).

    The study, led by Dr Eric Rimm of the Harvard School of Public Health, is the latest in a series of recent investigations linking high levels of homocysteine with atherosclerotic plaque formation and occlusive vascular disease. The B vitamins are known to be involved in the metabolism of homocysteine.

    The researchers analysed data from over 80000 women enrolled in the nurses health study. The women filled out a …

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