11 Dec Low Vitamin E may be linked to greater miscarriage risk
Vitamin E deficiency may be linked to a greater risk of miscarriage among pregnant women, according to research from Bangladesh.
The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that improving the diet of women in impoverished nations, or encouraging intake of Vitamin E through prenatal supplements could have a direct impact on fertitility.
Indeed, the new study found that pregnant women in Bangladesh with low levels of the most common form of vitamin E are nearly twice as likely to have a miscarriage than those with adequate levels of the vitamin in their blood.
“For nearly a century, we have known about vitamin E and its role in the feritility of animals,” commented one of the study leaders. “To our knowledge, this is the first study in humans that has looked at the association of vitamin E and miscarriage.”
“The findings from this study support a role for vitamin E in protecting the embryo and foetus in pregnancy.”
Pregnant women in developing countries are traditionally not typically given or advised to take a prenatal multivitamin before or after becoming pregnant. Instead, the current standard of care is to provide iron and folic acid supplements, because of the proven links between deficiencies of those nutrients and poor preganncy outcomes, noted the reasearch team.
“The new findings suggest that having pregnant women consume an adequate amount of vitamin E early in pregnancy could be beneficial.”
“Vitamin deficiencies are considered a form of hidden hunger because they are not readily apparent but they can have huge health consequences.”
“What we really want to do is optimise health before women become
pregnant, because if they don’t start with a good vitamin E status, they
are at a high risk of negative outcomes.”