Babies who lacked vitamin E nourishment when in the womb are likely to be at an increased risk of developing impairments in mental skills such as learning and metabolic problems, a research has showed.
According to a Research:
- The study, conducted on zebrafish.
- As their neurological development is similar to that of humans.
- It showed that vitamin E-deficient embryos of zebrafish had more deformities.
- In addition,greater incidence of death as well as an altered DNA methylation status through 5 days after fertilization.
- Furthermore, the time it takes for a fertilised egg to become a swimming zebrafish.
- However, even after being fed with vitamin E-adequate diet, after their birth, these fish failed to learn and were found afraid.
- Although they manage to get through the critical period to get the brain form.
- They were stupid and didn't learn and didn't respond right.
- Maret Traber, Professor at the Oregon State University (OSU) in the US.
- Said,as a result of vitamin E deficiency, the brains of these embryos' continued to lack choline.
- In addition, glucose and simply did not develop correctly.
- They had so much oxidative damage they essentially had a screwed-up metabolism.
- These outcomes suggest embryonic vitamin E deficiency in zebrafish causes lasting impairments that aren't resolve via later dietary vitamin E supplementation.
Free Radical Biology and Medicine:
- The researchers explained in the paper published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
- The problem may exacerbated in women of child-bearing age who avoid high-fat foods.
- Also may not have a diet rich in oils, nuts and seeds, which are among the foods with the highest levels of vitamin E.
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant necessary for normal embryonic development in vertebrates.
- Further, the Zebrafish with deficiency in Vitamin E also had metabolic defects and indications of mitochondrial damage.