Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Supplements beneficial for Preeclampsia

Dietary supplementation during pregnancy with L-arginine and antioxidant vitamins helps prevent preeclampsia in a high-risk population, according to the results of a blinded, randomized controlled trial reported in the British Medical Journal. The goal of the study was to test the hypothesis that a relative deficiency in L-arginine, which is the substrate needed to synthesize the vasodilator nitric oxide, may lead to development of preeclampsia in a high-risk population.

Preeclampsia developed in 30.2% of the placebo group, 22.5% of the vitamin-only group, and 12.7% in the L-arginine plus vitamin group. Compared with women receiving placebo, those receiving L-arginine plus antioxidant vitamins had a lower incidence of preeclampsia.

Bonnie - interesting study. Sufficient supplemental magnesium is also wonderfully beneficial for preeclampsia.

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