Calcium: a possible key regarding hypertension and pre-eclampsia risk during pregnancy

A large scale review of studies of calcium intake and risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy suggests this is an important discussion for women to have with their obstetrician. The review, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2006, issue 3), quotes lead author Dr. G. Justus Hofmeyr, “The findings of the review are that calcium supplementation reduces the risk of hypertension for pregnant women who have inadequate dietary calcium.” In support of these findings, independent pre-eclampsia expert Dr. John Repke, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Penn State University College of Medicine commented “Calcium supplementation may be of some benefit in reducing morbidity (death) associated with pre-eclampsia and it does no harm.”


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About Nutrients that keep blood pressure normal

In an effort to draw attention to the dramatic increases in chronic disease world-wide, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its report, “Preventing Chronic Disease - A Vital Investment”, pointed that chronic disease, world-wide, is increasing faster than the rate of population growth! In 2005, 60% of all deaths, about 35 million, were attributed to chronic disease. By 2015, they expect that number to rise by 17% to 41 million! One of these chronic diseases is cardiovascular disease - a disease linked to high blood pressure, which the WHO reports kills an estimated 17 million people worldwide every year. At the root of this problem is poor nutrition. Many people are just not consuming foods with sufficient levels of nutrients capable of helping our bodies fight off diseases and keep us healthy. As a way to help people improve their diet and reduce incidences of chronic diseases (particularly those linked to high blood pressure), we decided to write this blog in an attempt to highlight nutrients that are important in maintaining normal blood pressure levels. We have also included research findings to back our claims. Also featured are dietary supplements that contain the essential nutrients in much higher levels than those found in ordinary food for best results. Feel free to leave your comments or contact us in case you have any queries. Also kindly support our cause by buying any of the featured dietary supplements.
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