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Preeclampsia

Also indexed as:Proteinuric Gestational Hypertension, Proteinuric Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension, Toxemia (Pregnancy)
Mother-to-be? Protect yourself and your baby from the serious complications associated with this pregnancy problem. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Calcium
1,200 to 1,500 mg daily3 stars[3 stars]
An analysis of double-blind trials found calcium supplementation to be highly effective in preventing preeclampsia.
Coenzyme Q10
200 mg per day 2 stars[2 stars]
In a double-blind study at women who were at high risk of developing preeclampsia, supplementing with coenzyme Q10 reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 44%.
Folic Acid
5 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with folic acid and vitamin B6 may lower homocysteine levels. Elevated homocysteine damages the lining of blood vessels and can lead to the preeclamptic symptoms.
Fish Oil
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Fish oil supplementation may lower the incidence of preeclampsia.
Magnesium
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Magnesium supplementation has been shown to reduce the incidence of preeclampsia in high-risk women in one trial.
Vitamin B2
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Women who are deficient in vitamin B2 (riboflavin) are more likely to develop preeclampsia than women with normal levels. Supplementation may correct a deficiency.
Vitamin B6
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with vitamin B6 and folic acid may lower homocysteine levels. Elevated homocysteine damages the lining of blood vessels and can lead to the preeclamptic symptoms.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.