Scientists have believed that free radical stress may play a role in recurrent pregnancy loss. To test this hypothesis, scientists studied the effect of an antioxidant called N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) on the rate of birth success in women with recurrent pregnancy loss.
NAC is the body’s precursor to glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidants available to the cell.
Throughout the course of treatment, the rate of living pregnancy up to and past 20 weeks was significantly increased and take-home baby rates significantly increased compared to the group that was not given NAC.
Recurrent pregnancy loss is becoming a common occurrence in our society and is likely an artifact of many different factors associated with the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Although antioxidants are not the cure for this situation, they appear to potentially increase the likelihood of successful birth in high risk women. This study used a very safe antioxidant precursor called NAC at a modest dose of 600 mg daily. This appears to be an extremely safe dose and I can find no reason for women not to consider this inexpensive and safe supplement.
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