Vitamin C deficiency causes brain damage

Vitamin C deficiency causes brain damage

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Researchers at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Life Sciences have discovered that vitamin C deficiency can be a barrier to neonatal development.

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In experiments on guinea pigs, the number of cells in the hippocampus decreased by 30 percent in the case of vitamin C deficiency and the spatial memory was significantly reduced. Guinea pigs, like humans, are not capable of producing vitamin C themselves, so it may be assumed that deficiency in pregnancy and lactation may cause fetuses and neonates to develop.
Vitamin C is very important for brain function, but in many countries around the world, including Brazil and Mexico, 30 to 40 percent of pregnant women suffer from vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin C deficiency can have serious consequences

"It is possible that children develop learning disabilities because they have not had enough vitamin C in their early lives. But prevention with vitamin D supplements would be so simple," said lead researcher Jens Lykkesfeldt.
Researchers are currently investigating the early onset of effects on embryonic development in guinea pigs and their reversibility after birth.
The article appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.