Vitamin A deficiency in the womb: a cause of Alzheimer’s later on in life?

Written by Hannah Makin

Recent findings published in Acta Neuropathologica have indicated that the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in later life may be increased by low levels of vitamin A whilst in the womb. Studies on genetically engineered mice demonstrated that mice deficient in vitamin A before birth exhibited poorer cognitive skills after birth compared to subjects fed a normal diet. In this study, researchers at the University of British Columbia (BC, Canada) built on previous findings that discovered a link between vitamin A levels and cognitive function. The research team aimed to investigate the effects of vitamin A deficiency in mice...

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