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06/01/2007 01:46 PM ID: 62800 Permalink   

Pregnant Women Warned of Taking Extra Iron Supplements

 

Researchers from the Iranian university of Tarbiat Modarres linked high doses of iron to blood pressure problems in pregnant women. The researchers published the finding in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

370 women participated in the research and were given a daily dose of 30mg of iron during their pregnancy. The other set of women were given a placebo with no iron. Women given the iron pill had high blood pressure in comparison to the other group.

While Iron helps to reduce anemia (causes low birth weight and premature births), many women exceed the required intake of the supplement. According to the UK Food Standards Agency, low doses found in multivitamins are less harmful and safe to use.

 
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  Surely,  
 
The human body can replicate perfectly fine without Iron supplements... We've only been replicating 200,000 years...
 
  by: Dook   06/03/2007 02:17 AM     
  Iran!?  
 
Iranian university... sure the iron these women were taking weren't in bullet form...
 
  by: Zmethod     06/03/2007 04:02 AM     
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You are right we have been replicating for many years, but you have to ask, what was the premature percentage and how many survived?
It is horrible for couples to have permature births at this time and age and have their child die (or to have birth defects), whereas in the past it was not uncommon for babies pass away or have birth defects and die from them.
 
  by: sp00ky187   06/03/2007 04:14 AM     
 
 
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