Antioxidants don't offer protection during pregnancy

May 3, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Antioxidants don't offer protection during pregnancy

Researchers from Women's and Children's Hospital in Australia have found that among women pregnant for the first time, antioxidant supplementation does not appear to lower the risk of developing preeclampsia, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, kidney impairment, and other serious complications.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine randomly assigned daily supplementation with 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin E, or a placebo to the nearly 2000 women participants who were pregnant for the first time. Women began taking the tablets from between 14 and 22 weeks of pregnancy until delivery.

According to the team, there were no significant differences between the vitamin group and placebo group in the risk of preeclampsia, death or a serious outcome for the baby, or having a very small infant.

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