2008, Number 6
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ABSTRACTHypertension complicates 5 to 10% of pregnancies and is a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Pre-eclampsia is a hypertensive pregnancy disorder characterized by superficial implantation and inadequate placental perfusion that has been linked to increased oxidative stress. Antioxidants are important to maintain cell integrity in normal pregnancies, by inhibiting peroxidation reactions, and thus protecting enzymes, proteins and cells of peroxide destruction.
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