Women with higher levels of vitamin B6 had fewer heart attacks, a new study reveals.
A study from the American Heart Association compared 144 women who previously experienced a heart attack to 288 women of similar age and lifestyle who had not. Doctors measured levels of pyridoxal 5’ phosphate, the active form of vitamin B6, and homocysteine, an amino acid, high levels of which raise chances of cardiovascular disease. Women with higher vitamin B6 levels consumed more B6, had lower body mass index and lower homocysteine levels compared to those with lower B6 levels. Women with the highest B6 levels were 78 percent less likely to have had a heart attack than those with the least.