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According to Japanese researchers, Vitamin B and Heart rate work great together as they above all, may reduce the risk of death from heart problems.

Highlights

  • Researchers studied the effects of B vitamins on men and women
  • Findings suggest that food with B vitamins may benefit both sexes
  • Folate and B6 may lessen the risk of heart failure in men
  • In addition, they may also lessen the risk of death from heart disease and stroke in women

Vintage photo, Products and ingredients containing vitamin B6 and dietary fiber

Find folate in foods such as:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole or enriched grains
  • Fortified cereals
  • Beans
  • Legumes

Find B6 in:

  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Liver
  • Meats
  • Whole grains
  • Fortified cereals

The Study

  • Researchers analyzed data from 23,119 men and 35,611 women
  • They chose patients between the ages of 40 and 79
  • Patients completed questionnaires about dietary habits as part of the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study
  • At a median of 14 years follow-up, 424 people had died from heart disease, 986 from stroke, and 2,087 from all disease related to the cardiovascular system

Researchers conducted the study as follows:

  • Researchers divided the patients into 5 groups based on their Vitamin B and Heart Rate
  • They compared people with the diets lowest and highest for each nutrient
  • Researchers found an association between higher consumption of B6 and folate, therefore, there may be fewer deaths from heart failure in men
  • Similarly, they also found an association between significantly fewer deaths from heart disease, stroke, and total cardiovascular deaths in women
  • However, vitamin B12 did not influence the reduced risk of mortality

Young smiling agriculture woman worker harvesting tomatoes in greenhouse

Conclusions

The protective effects of vitamin B6 and folate didn’t change when they:

  • Adjusted for the presence of cardiovascular factors
  • Removed people taking supplements

In conclusion, according to the researchers:

  • B6 and folate may fight cardiovascular disease by lowering levels of homocysteine
  • Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood affected by diet and heredity
  • It may cause damage to the inner linings of arteries, promoting blood clots
  • The findings are consistent with North American and European studies
  • However, cardiovascular benefits experienced from B vitamins has been limited to Asian populations
  • In conclusion, more research is necessary to confirm these results

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends:

  • 3-1.7 mg of vitamin B6 daily (depending on age and sex)
  • Avoid extremely high-dose folate supplements
  • Adults can intake 400 micrograms daily

The study can be found in the April 2010 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.