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Vitamin E and C in preeclampsia.

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  • Department of Biochemistry, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, India.


Vascular endothelial damage has been implicated in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. Lipid peroxidation may be involved in the process and essential nutrients that can scavenge free radicals, such as vitamin E and C, operate in concert. Antioxidant vitamins E and C were estimated in 30 preeclamptic and 30 normotensive pregnant women. Significantly lowered levels of vitamins E and C were observed in preeclamptic women as compared to controls (P<0.001 and P<0.05 respectively). In patients with preeclampsia antioxidant nutrients may be utilized to a greater extent to counteract free radical-mediated cell disturbances, resulting in a reduction in serum antioxidant levels.

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