Background and Aims 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 breast milk.
Methods Breast milk was obtained from 30 mothers and analysed for lipid peroxidation based on levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), and levels 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 detected (p=0.473). The results of this study indicate that consumption of varying amounts of black tea do not affect the oxidant/antioxidant status of breast milk.
Conclusions We conclude that this insensitivity of breast milk to antioxidant contributions by black tea reflects the capacity for breast milk to be resistant to the myriad of factors that otherwise affect a pregnant woman.
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