Vitamins C & E: No Blood Pressure Benefit

BETHESDA, Md., April 8 (UPI) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health says taking vitamins C and E supplements during early pregnancy doesn’t reduce the risk of hypertensive disorders.

Scientists said their findings show vitamin C and E supplements have little affect on either high blood pressure or its complications that occur during pregnancy, failing to reduce the risk of preeclampsia — a potentially fatal form of hypertension in pregnancy.

The NIH said its study — the largest to date and one in which treatment was started earliest in pregnancy — also showed no reduction in pregnancy-associated hypertension and its complications.

“The study results effectively rule out vitamin C and E supplements as a means to prevent the hypertensive disorders seen in pregnancy,” said Dr. Alan Guttmacher, acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The research is reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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