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Breastfeed Med. 2013 Apr;8:187-90. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2012.0051. Epub 2012 Aug 7.

Investigating the effect of black tea consumption during pregnancy on the oxidant/antioxidant status of breastmilk.

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Department of Pediatrics, American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. sinanmahir@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Black tea is associated with antioxidant properties. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of the amount of black tea consumption during pregnancy on the oxidant/antioxidant status of breastmilk.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Breastmilk was obtained from 30 mothers and analyzed for lipid peroxidation based on levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and of reduced glutathione (GSH). In a survey completed by all participants, daily black tea consumption during the pregnancy was reported.

RESULTS:

No correlation was found between the amount of black tea consumed and levels of MDA (p=0.401) and/or GSH (p=0.473). The results of this study indicate that consumption of varying amounts of black tea does not affect the oxidant/antioxidant status of breastmilk.

CONCLUSIONS:

The insensitivity of breastmilk to antioxidant contributions by black tea reflects the capacity of breastmilk to be resistant to the myriad of factors that otherwise affect a pregnant woman.

PMID:
22871122
DOI:
10.1089/bfm.2012.0051
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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