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Pregnant women who drink pomegranate juice may improve their newborns' brain development, a new study says.
Researchers found that drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily boosted the brain connectivity of babies who were not growing at a normal rate inside the womb.
Pomegranate - Juice - Micronutrients - Polyphenols - Barrier
This is because pomegranate juice is loaded with micronutrients called polyphenols that cross the blood-brain barrier and have been proven to protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
The team, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts, says this could prevent the need for more invasive treatments - such as surgery - after the baby is born.
Study - PLOS - One - Team - Mothers
For the study, published in PLOS One, the team looked at 78 mothers from Barnes-Jewish Hospital obstetric clinic in St Louis, Missouri.
Their babies had been clinically diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) between 24 and 43 weeks' gestation.
Babies - Rate - Womb
This occurs when babies fail to grow at the expected rate they should in the womb.
The most common cause is an issue with the placenta - which delivers oxygen and nutrients to a baby via the umbilical cord - when it is either not attached properly or not working properly.
Baby - Blood - Oxygen - Trouble - Breathing
Because the baby is not receiving enough blood or oxygen, he or she can experience trouble breathing, have heart and blood vessel problems or suffer serious brain damage.
IUGR affects between three and 10 percent of...
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