Stroke can be a devastating event. The National Stroke Association writes that stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. About 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Science Daily reported on Sept. 18, 2013, "Can Vitamin B Supplements Help Stave Off Stroke?"
New evidence has suggested that taking vitamin B supplements may help lower the risk of stroke. This research has been published in the September 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Study author Xu Yuming, who is with Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China, has said, "Previous studies have conflicting findings regarding the use of vitamin B supplements and stroke or heart attack."
In this study vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke overall by seven percent. It was observed there was a reduction in overall stroke events resulting from reduction in homocysteine levels following supplementation with B vitamins. WebMD writes that homocysteine, which is a simple amino acid, is considered an independent risk factor for heart disease and blood vessel disease.