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Pregnancy Nutrition Information: September 2004

Pregnancy Nutrition Information: September 2004

Healthy Choices For You And Your Baby

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Protects Fetal Brain In Pregnancy

A study in rats suggests that N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), when given as a treatment to pregnant women with maternal or placental infection, could minimize the risk of the dominant form of brain injury in premature infants, called periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), that is associated with cerebral palsy (CP). Maternal and placental infections are a major cause of prematurity and are known to cause these conditions. The study involved the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a potent antioxidant and precursor of glutathione, to prevent injury to the myelin and fatty layer of brain tissue that protects developing neurons (brain cells) in the fetus.Source: Paintlia MK, Paintlia AS, Barbosa E, Singh I, Singh AK. N-acetylcysteine prevents endotoxin-induced degeneration of oligodendrocyte progenitors and hypomyelination in developing rat brain. J Neurosci Res. 2004 Aug 27

Maternal Diet And Childhood Leukemia Risk

A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, provides further evidence to the belief that genetic changes linked to cancer later in life begin in the womb. It suggests that women who eat more vegetables, fruit and foods containing protein before pregnancy may have a lower risk of having a child who develops leukemia, the most common childhood cancer in the United States. Dietary carotenoids and the antioxidant glutathione were found to be important contributors to this effect. Glutathione is found in both meat and legumes, and it plays a role in the synthesis and repair of DNA, as well as the detoxification of certain harmful compounds. The study, published in the August 2004 issue of Cancer Causes and Control, is the first in which researchers have conducted a systematic survey of a woman''s diet and linked it to childhood leukemia risk. National guidelines recommend that people eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and two to three servings of foods from the protein group.Complete article: New study suggests link between maternal diet and childhood leukemia risk

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