Is vitamin D deficient good for fetuses?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2012 at 5:45 AM

"Vitamin-D deficiency does not seem to affect adult cognition, at least not according to a recent review article (Annweiler et al., 2009). But there may be early developmental effects. When rat fetuses are deprived of vitamin D, the newborn pups have lar- ger brain volumes and show more cell proliferation throughout their brains. This is consistent with the antiproliferative effect of this vitamin on body tissues. Prenatal vitamin-D deficiency seems to increase the rate of neuronal proliferation while de- creasing the rate of neuronal cell death (Eyles et al., 2003). If prenatal vitamin-D deficiency affects humans similarly, the result may be improved cognitive performance, albeit at a high cost for homozygous individuals. As with Tay-Sachs, the more numerous heterozygous individuals should enjoy a lower cost/ benefit ratio."

source: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=21701



on September 09, 2012
at 06:41 AM

I did last time, a cave called my bedroom. It took something pretty important to get me out of there.



on September 09, 2012
at 06:01 AM

women stayed in the caves while they were pregnant?

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on September 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Rats are not humans. Hello, neocortex!

Since D deficiency is so detrimental to babies (rickets, anyone?) I cannot imagine that it is helpful to a fetus.

The D status of the fetus is completely reliant on the D status of the mother and there is growing evidence of the benefit of D sufficiency for a healthy pregnancy:




on September 09, 2012
at 04:04 PM

You got it totally wrong

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