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The Importance of Vitamin C for Pregnant Women

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark shows that lack of vitamin C in pregnant women can lead to permanent damage to the brains of unborn babies.

The conclusions of the research just published in the scientific journal Plos One suggest that even marginal vitamin C deficiency in the mother stunts the fetal hippocampus, the important memory center, by 10 to 15 percent, preventing the brain from optimal development. The research team, led by Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt, noted that a lack of vitamin C isn’t unusual, either. In fact, population studies reveal between 10 and 20 percent of all adults in the developed world suffer from vitamin C deficiency.

“We used to think that the mother could protect the baby. Ordinarily there is a selective transport from mother to fetus of the substances the baby needs during pregnancy. However, it now appears that the transport is not sufficient in the case of vitamin C deficiency. Therefore, it is extremely important to draw attention to this problem, which potentially can have serious consequences for the children affected.”

The researchers suggested that pregnant women should not smoke and try to eat a well-balanced diet as well as taking a multi vitamin containing vitamin C.

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