Vitamin C Can Help Prevent Childbirth Problem, British Hospital Study of 161 Mothers Finds

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Foods for the Future

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Vitamin C has been shown to reverse a
 problem that can cause expectant mothers to have trouble during childbirth,
 according to a new British study published in the Journal of the American
 Medical Association.
     Six researchers led by Dr. John C. Chambers of London's Imperial College
 School of Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital studied the effects of Vitamin C on
 preeclampsia, a condition that can cause birth complications.
     Participating in the study program were 161 women, including 113 who had
 previous preeclampsia and 48 women "with previous uncomplicated pregnancies."
 All had given birth at least three months previously, with a median of three
 years since delivery.
     Vitamin C was administered intravenously, and it was determined that the
 vitamin intake improved blood flow in the group of women who had suffered from
 preeclampsia.  The researchers said the finding was "not explained by
 established maternal risk factors," and concluded that the blood flow function
 was "reversed by antioxidant ascorbic acid administration."
     Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is known as a strong antioxidant working in
 the body to fight off free radicals, which are harmful molecules that damage
 body tissues.
     Preeclampsia is a condition "believed to result from release of placental
 factors," according to the British researchers, that can harm a woman's blood
 flow and cause serious complications during pregnancy.
     The new study showing that Vitamin C can reverse the impaired blood flow
 leading to preeclampsia was conducted at three hospital maternity units in
 London.  The work was supported by a grant from the British Heart Association.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Vitamin C has been shown to reverse a
 problem that can cause expectant mothers to have trouble during childbirth,
 according to a new British study published in the Journal of the American
 Medical Association.
     Six researchers led by Dr. John C. Chambers of London's Imperial College
 School of Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital studied the effects of Vitamin C on
 preeclampsia, a condition that can cause birth complications.
     Participating in the study program were 161 women, including 113 who had
 previous preeclampsia and 48 women "with previous uncomplicated pregnancies."
 All had given birth at least three months previously, with a median of three
 years since delivery.
     Vitamin C was administered intravenously, and it was determined that the
 vitamin intake improved blood flow in the group of women who had suffered from
 preeclampsia.  The researchers said the finding was "not explained by
 established maternal risk factors," and concluded that the blood flow function
 was "reversed by antioxidant ascorbic acid administration."
     Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is known as a strong antioxidant working in
 the body to fight off free radicals, which are harmful molecules that damage
 body tissues.
     Preeclampsia is a condition "believed to result from release of placental
 factors," according to the British researchers, that can harm a woman's blood
 flow and cause serious complications during pregnancy.
     The new study showing that Vitamin C can reverse the impaired blood flow
 leading to preeclampsia was conducted at three hospital maternity units in
 London.  The work was supported by a grant from the British Heart Association.
 
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