Aussie Scientists Have Found a Way to Prevent Miscarriage and Birth Defects

Yep, you read that heading right. A group of dead set legends from Sydney’s Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have discovered that having Vitamin B3 can cure molecular deficiencies which cause miscarriages and birth defects.

Ed’s note – The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has since released new information on this topic. Read it here.

So What Exactly Does This Mean?

In short, it means that miscarriages and birth defects can and most certainly will be drastically reduced globally.

The breakthrough, led by Professor Sally Dunwoodie from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, has identified that insufficient levels of maternal Vitamin B3 is the major cause of miscarriages as well as heart, spinal, kidney and cleft palate problems in newborn babies.

“The ramifications are likely to be huge. This has the potential to significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects around the world, and I do not use those words lightly,” says Professor Dunwoodie.

But How?

Basically, making sure that pregnant and soon-to-be-pregnant women have sufficient B3 is as easy as providing a dietary supplement.

The landmark study found that a deficiency in a vital molecule, Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (known as NAD), prevents a baby’s organs from developing correctly in the womb.

“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,” Professor Dunwoodie revealed.

What is Vitamin B3?

Sometimes referred to as Niacin, B3 is found in meats and green veggies, oh and Vegemite! You can also get it from supplements but a recent study of pregnant women found that despite taking vitamin supplements – at least a third had low levels of vitamin B3 in their first trimester and by the third trimester, vitamin B3 levels were low in 60 percent of them.

So What Now?

A test for screening NAD levels will be developed to help doctors identify women who are at risk of having a baby with a birth defect.

“Just like we now use folate to prevent spina bifida, Professor Dunwoodie’s research suggests that it is probably best for women to start taking vitamin B3 very early on, even before they become pregnant. This will change the way pregnant women are cared for around the world,” said Professor Graham, Executive Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

For more information on this topic, head here.

Here’s a List of Foods that Contain Vitamin B3 (Niacin)


Note: This article provides general health information and in no way constitutes medical advice. Ideas and information expressed may not be suitable for everyone. Readers wishing to obtain medical advice should contact their own doctor

Words by Barbara O’Reilly

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