Washington: Lack of vitamin C in pregnant mothers can have serious consequences for the foetal brain, according to a new research at the University of Copenhagen. The study also found that once the brain damage has occurred, it cannot be reversed by vitamin C supplements after birth.“Even marginal vitamin C deficiency in the mother stunts the foetal hippocampus, the important memory centre, by 10-15 per cent, preventing the brain from optimal development,” said Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt.He heads the group of scientists that reached this conclusion by studying pregnant guinea pigs and their pups. Just like humans, guinea pigs cannot produce vitamin C themselves, which is why they were chosen as the model.
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