Lutein and Pregnancy

Study Highlights “Unique Roles of Lutein & Zeaxanthin May Play During Pregnancy”

According to new research Lutein and Zeaxanthin are found in higher levels in the placenta and the umbilical cord blood than any other carotenoid.  This finding adds to the ever growing body of science which supports the benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in infant and fetal development.  The evidence has been accumulating which supports the…

Multi Vitamin and Pregnancy

Multivitamin May Have Pregnancy Benefits Over Folic Acid and Iron Alone

New research shows taking a daily multivitamin may provide better benefits for pregnant women than supplementation with iron and folic acid alone.  Preterm births were reduced and increases in infant birth weight were seen in this randomized controlled trial. Approximately 45,000 women from rural Bangladesh were recruited to participate in this study.  Each woman was…

Probiotics and Childhood Obesity

Probiotics in Pregnancy Could Protect Against Childhood Obesity

According to researchers taking probiotics during pregnancy and breast feeding may modify genes related to obesity in both the mother and their infants. 15 pregnant women participated in this double-blinded randomized controlled (RCT) pilot study.  7 of the women were randomly chosen to supplement with a Probiotic which contained 10 Billion of each Lactobacillus rhamnosus…

Vitamin D and Pre-Eclampsia

Recent RCT Discovers Vitamin D Deficiency May Double the Risk of Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women

A new study finds that gestational hypertension/preeclampsia could be reduced with Vitamin D supplementation therapy. Over 140 women with a history of preeclampsia participated in this study.  Women with hypertension before their pregnancy, a history of pulmonary, renal or cardiac disease and Vitamin D levels above 25 ng/ml (optimal Vitamin D levels are considered to…

Omega-3 Peri Natal Depression

Omega-3 and Perinatal Depression

A new meta-analysis has found a critical role for Omega-3 in decreasing pre and post-natal depression (perinatal).  This meta-analysis also found cases of depression might be associated with a higher Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio.  This translates into a potential new way to treat perinatal depression (PND) because of Omega-3’s neuroplastic, anti-inflammatory and safety effects. 12 eligible studies…

Infant Cognition

Micronutrient Supplementation For Mothers Boosts Infant Cognitive Health

A major follow up study has determined pregnant women should take more micronutrients besides iron and folic acid to increase the long-term cognitive development of their children. The Supplementation with Multiple Micronutrients Intervention Trial (SUMMIT) lasted from 2001 – 2004.  Over 31,000 pregnant women participated in this study.  The study goals were to determine if…