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The smoothie for reduced risk and treatment of Low birth-weight babies
Yield: 2 serving (about 8 ounce each)
1 cup sweet potato
1/2 cup carrot
1 cup of low fat cow milk
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree about 1 minute
2. Blend on high speed about 1 minute or until the mixture is thick and the ice is well crushed.
3. Serve immediately
The finding of a natural source for reduced risk and treatment of low birth-weight babies has encountered many obstacles, many ingredients showed initially the promising result in animal studies have not produced same potentials in large sample size and mutli centers human trials.
Low birth weight is a condition of a baby who was born below the weight of gestational age due to several reasons, including, the baby was born too soon, were small for gestational age, the poor health of the mother, nutritional deficiency, certain diseases, etc. According to the statistic of the
World health organization, globally, more than 20 million infants were born with low birth weight.
Prevalence of vitamin A E, and D deficiencies is found to associated to pre-eclampsia and lower birth-weight babies in a total of 607 VLBW and 300 term neonates(1).
Vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin and found abundantly in carrot, is a bi-polar molecule formed by bonds between carbon and hydrogen.
The smoothie of Carrot and Sweet Potato and Low Fat Cow Milk may hold a key for further studies in production of effective natural ingredients for prevention of giving birth to low birth-weight babies without inducing adverse effects.
Women who are pregnant with vitamin A, E and D deficiency or due to family history, ... should drink at least one cup daily, depending to the digestive toleration.
(1) VitaminA, E, and D deficiencies in tunisian very low birth weight neonates: prevalence and risk factors by Fares S1, Sethom MM1, Khouaja-Mokrani C2, Jabnoun S2, Feki M3, Kaabachi N1.(PubMed)
(2) Vitamin D, vitamin A, maternal-perinatal considerations: old concepts, new insights, new questions by Murguía-Peniche T1.(PubMed)
(3) Influence of mineral and vitamin supplements on pregnancy outcome by Hovdenak N1, Haram K.(PubMed))
(4) Vitamin E status of the newborn in relation to gestational age, birth weight and maternal vitamin E status. by Shah RS1, Rajalakshmi R, Bhatt RV, Hazra MN, Patel BC, Swamy NB, Patel TV.(PubMed)) Vitamin A status of the newborn in relation to gestational age, body weight, and maternal nutritional status.
Shah RS, Rajalakshmi R.(5) The Relationship between Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency and Low Birth Weight Neonates by Khalessi N1, Kalani M2, Araghi M1, Farahani Z3.(PubMed)