A Potential Role for Spirulina in the Prevention and Management of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a disorder of pregnancy in which the placenta fails to form properly, is a leading cause of fetal prematurity, growth retardation, and mortality, and can even endanger the life of the mother if not treated properly. Oxidative stress, within both the placenta and the mother’s circulation, appears to play a key role in driving this syndrome. This essay proposes that spirulina, a nutrient-rich whole food with outstanding antioxidant properties – and with anti-teratogenic effects in rodent studies – may prove useful for the prevention and control of pre-eclampsia.

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