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10 August 2017, 05:38 | Melissa Porter
Vegemite could be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects a study has found
But vitamin B3, which is required to make NAD, can rectify this deficiency. This time, numerous pubs died before birth and those that were born had severe defects similar to the ones seen in the human babies.
"This has the potential to significantly reduce the number of miscarriage and birth defects around the world, and I do not use those words lightly", says Professor Sally Dunwoodie, one of the senior researchers who worked on the study, as reported by SMH.
Led by Professor Sally Dunwoodie from the Victor Chang Institute, researchers identified a major cause of miscarriages as well as heart, spinal, kidney and cleft palate problems in newborn babies.
As NAD is essential for the development and fix of genes, medical journals are suggesting that taking vitamin B3 leading up to and during your pregnancy will be an efficient preventative measure of counteracting any deficiency. NAD synthesis is essential for energy production, DNA fix and cell communication.
"We believe that this breakthrough will be one of our country's greatest medical discoveries".
"Arguably, it's the most important discovery for pregnant women since folate", Dunwoodie told Sophie Scott at ABC News, in reference to the landmark research that showed folic acid could reduce the incidence of spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
"Before vitamin B3 was introduced into the (mice) mother's diet, embryos were either lost through miscarriage or the offspring were born with a range of severe birth defects", the Victor Chang Institute said in a statement.
That vitamin is B3, also known as niacin.
After the dietary change, both the miscarriages and birth defects were completely prevented, with all the offspring born perfectly healthy.
The next step will be to develop a diagnostic test to measure NAD levels.
By the third trimester, vitamin B3 levels were low in 60 per cent of mums-to-be, experts noted.
The research is all the more remarkable for simultaneously discovering what's behind the problems as well as a tangible solution.
Vitamin B3 is found in meat and vegetables - and a single serving of Marmite contains 36% of a person's recommended daily allowance. "It's actually a double breakthrough".
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