Vitamin A deficit in the womb hurts immune development
Pregnant mice low on the nutrient have young with undersized immune organs
By Nathan Seppa, 13:46 PM March 19, 2014
Adequate vitamin A intake during pregnancy is needed for offspring to fully develop an immune system and fend off disease, researchers working with mice report March 19 in Nature.
Vitamin A is plentiful in egg yolks, fish, carrots, yellow sweet potatoes, spinach, butternut squash and other foods. Retinoic acid, a metabolite of vitamin A that the body uses, is known for maintaining vision, skin health and basic cell functions. It also guides immune function.
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes of the Insti...
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