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Vitamin and mineral supplements lower stroke risk

Results of a large study in China suggest that taking vitamin and mineral supplements can reduce the risk of stroke.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute looked at the link between vitamin and mineral intake and stroke in over 29 000 people in Linxian county in north central China.

The results showed that various vitamins and minerals, were linked to a lower risk of stroke, but only in those at high risk. The largest drop in risk (29 per cent) was seen in a group who took vitamin A, beta Carotene, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium.

Epidemiology 1998;9:9-15