Probiotics Reduce Pre-eclampsia Risk

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, pregnant women who regularly consume probiotic-rich yogurt or milk have a reduced risk of developing pre-eclampsia.


Probiotics Reduce Pre-eclampsia Risk<br />
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The findings suggest the presence of lactobacilli may modify placental trophoblast inflammation, systemic inflammation & blood pressure that are all linked to pre-eclampsia.


Researchers examined the association between consumption of milk-based probiotic products in pregnancy & development of pre-eclampsia and its subtypes in 33,399 women who participated in the Norwegian Mother & Child Cohort Study between 2002-2008.
The intake of milk-based products containing probiotic lactobacilli was estimated from a self-reported food frequency questionnaire; pre-eclampsia diagnoses were obtained from the Norwegian Medical Birth Registry. They found women who consumed 140 mL of probiotic milk products daily had a 20% less risk of developing preeclampsia.


The association was most prominent in severe pre-eclampsia—daily probiotics intake was associated with a 39% reduced risk, while weekly probiotic intake was associated with a 25% reduced risk.


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www.foodproductdesign.com
22 September 2011

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