New Standard in Pregnancy Health
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In 1960, the U.S. had the 12th lowest rate of infant mortality in the world. In 1990, we dropped to 21st. In 2008, we plummeted to 43rd. The U.S. has a higher infant mortality rate than most of the world’s industrialized nations. The top three behavioral aspects of poor health are unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and smoking. While most U.S. women don’t’ smoke or drink during pregnancy they still have a tremendous “blind spot” when it comes to food, diet and nutrition during pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is very dangerous and affects 5-8% (conservative) of all pregnancies. It is associated with high free radical activity, elevated blood levels of lipid peroxidation (oxidized fats) and endothelium dysfunction. The foods we eat reduce free radical activity (oxidative stress), reduce oxidation of lipids (and proteins) and improve endothelium function. The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of the entire vascular system. In essence, the endothelium serves as the vascular regulator (dilation/constriction) of all blood flow and the placenta is highly vascular. Science is quite clear that the food people eat impacts (up or down) vascular health and its ability to perform. The retrospective study below is exciting validation on the power of food and in this case fruit and vegetable concentrates (JP+).
The power of fruit and vegetable concentrates
The chart below represents the high level, summary results of a retrospective study by an OBGYN using our “fruit and vegetable” concentrates (JP+ = green bars). He compared 179 of his pregnant patients (consuming JP+) vs. 179 of his partner patients (not using JP+ = red bars). The results are provocative.
These results support the timeless prescription that food is medicine and directly challenge the prevailing standard of care (the prenatal multi-vitamin). Understandably, these results will not shift the prevailing standard of care in medicine. But, what these results have done is compel on a very large clinical trial that is ongoing (final participant was enrolled in early 2011). It is a gold standard study (randomized, double-blind and placebo controlled) that many believe will affirm a new standard of care. This is tip of the spear, progressive and pioneering science. In speaking to the depth and breadth of the published clinical science (i.e. it works!), already with this intervention, another physician colleague of mine said, “You must be brain dead if this body of evidence doesn’t speak to you."
The bottom line here is that food, diet and nutrition matters during pregnancy and the data above suggests that using this inexpensive food-first intervention may help effectively address problems to a healthy pregnancy (i.e. healthy babies). View webinar, on pregnancy health below, for further information.
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