New Research From Mexico Shows That The Amino Acid L-Arginine, Along With Antioxidant Vitamins, Could Help Prevent Preeclampsia In Expectant Moms.

New research from Mexico shows that the amino acid L-arginine, along with antioxidant vitamins, could help prevent preeclampsia in expectant moms. The women in the study consumed the amino acid and the vitamins in an inexpensive food bar each day.
New research from Mexico shows that the amino acid L-arginine, along with antioxidant vitamins, could help prevent preeclampsia in expectant moms. The women in the study consumed the amino acid and the vitamins in an inexpensive food bar each day. According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, preeclampsia is "a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Preeclampsia and related disorders such as HELLP syndrome and eclampsia are most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby." The only cure is delivery. The study, summarized on WebMD, looked mostly at women who had a history of preeclampsia and were at high risk for it. Preeclampsia affects more women in underdeveloped countries, and in the Caribbean and Latin America, preeclampsia is responsible for 25% of childbirth-related deaths. The study:
  • 700 women who had a history of preeclampsia
  • Weeks 20-32: The women were asked to consume special food bars.
  • There were three types of bars and the women were divided into three groups. One third each consumed: - (1) bars containing L-arginine and antioxidant vitamins; (2) bars containing the vitamins alone; and (3) bars with neither the amino acid nor the vitamins
Results:
  • 12.7% of the women in the L-arginine plus vitamin group developed preeclampsia
  • 22.4% of the women in the vitamin-alone group developed preeclampsia
  • 30.2% of the women in the no-supplement group developed preeclampsia
(Note that overall, the women only ate half the amount of bars they were asked to eat and 125 quit eating the bars at some point during the study.) While the results are very promising, some experts point out that we still need to determine whether the same results would occur in women in developed countries. Regardless, the theory deserves more attention, as this preliminary research produced notable results. Read more about preeclampsia Lack of sleep while pregnant leads to high blood pressure How is preeclampsia treated? Does hypertension or preeclampsia cause long-term heart and blood vessel problems?

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