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…

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…

Prenatal Folic Acid

Prenatal Folic Acid Could Benefit Children’s Psychological Development

A new study finds that supplementation with Folic Acid has beneficial effects on the psychological development of children if taken during the first trimester and beyond. 39 women participated in this randomized controlled trial.  22 of the participating mothers supplemented with folic acid throughout their pregnancy while the remaining 17 only supplemented with folic acid…

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…