“An analysis of data from more than 1,300 women has found that those with lower levels of the essential mineral manganese in early pregnancy were more likely to develop preeclampsia, a serious high blood pressure syndrome, in late pregnancy.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
A condition affecting up to 8 percent of pregnancies worldwide, preeclampsia usually occurs during the second half of pregnancy. While high blood pressure is the main symptom, other problems can also occur. These include swelling of the feet, ankles, face, and hands; severe headache; and vision problems. If not monitored and treated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for both mother and baby.
Research published in 2019 found that vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of women developing the condition. For optimum prevention, however, other micronutrients are also important.
Vitamin C, in combination with arginine, magnesium, lysine and proline, helps increase the elasticity of the blood vessels and maintain normal blood pressure. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis found that levels of vitamin C are inversely associated with blood pressure. In combination with other micronutrients, vitamin C also helps reduce the risk of premature delivery.