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Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

10 August 2017, 07:36 | Winifred Adams

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A team of Australian researchers have found out a dietary supplement which can avert miscarriages and many other types of birth defects in pregnant women.

According to the executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Professor Robert Graham, the implications are profound.

"Now, after 12 years of research, our team has also discovered that this deficiency can be cured and miscarriages and birth defects prevented by taking a common vitamin".

"The promise is that this could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and babies born with defects", Dunwoodie said.

"At the moment, the recommendation is to take a standard multivitamin, but we're all different and that will not prevent all women from having babies with birth defects", Dunwoodie told Lara Pearce at Huffington Post.

Lead researcher Professor Sally Dunwoodie said it was the first time NAD been associated with miscarriages and birth defects.

The breakthrough was made possible by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council and philanthropic donations to the Victor Chang Institute, including the Chain Reaction Foundation, Key Foundation and the NSW Office of Health and Medical Research.

That vitamin is B3, also known as niacin. This study could potentially completely change how pregnant women are cared for, the scientists involved in the research have said. "It's actually a double breakthrough".

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Vitamin B3 can cure molecular deficiencies including NAD, the scientists said in a study published last Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Affected babies have anomalies in at least three of the spine, anus, heart, windpipe, eosophagus and limbs.

Apparently, during their research, by increasing a pregnant woman's vitamin-B intake upped the embryo's NAD levels, which, in turn, could be indicitave of the potential to dramatically slash miscarriage and congenital malformations across the world.

"Knowing that this breakthrough could mean that no babies are born with heart defects in the future, it just makes our hearts sing", she said.

David Amor, a clinical geneticist at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, says the research paper is describing a new genetic condition, but one that is likely to be very rare.

Butrhe potential benefits of Vitamin B3 still remain untested on pregnant women.

This vitamin is found in most meats and green vegetables.

"We need to identify those women at risk and identify a safe level of niacin for them to take to prevent miscarriages and birth defects".

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