Pregnant women with pre-eclampsia or those at risk of developing the condition will be encouraged to learn that a study published by the British Medical Journal has suggested particular dietary supplements can significantly reduce their risk of having the abnormally high blood pressure and other symptoms which can lead to premature birth.
A team of researchers in Mexico and the USA provided a group of women who were at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia with two nutrition bars daily, each containing the amino acid l-arginine and antioxidant vitamins C and E.
They found that the women taking the l-arginine and vitamins combination were nearly 10 percent less likely to develop pre-eclampsia than those taking bars containing just the vitamins.
Although the exact reason why the combination works is not fully understood, the study concludes that it is a "relatively simple and low cost intervention in reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia and associated preterm birth".
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