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Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may have implications for mental health of children – rat study L. Almeras et al, Proteomics. 7(5):769-80, 2007

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Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may have implications for mental health of children – rat study L. Almeras et al, Proteomics. 7(5):769-80, 2007

 

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Brains of baby rats born to vitamin D deficient female rats were compared with those of rats whose mothers were not vitamin D deficient.  They found a number of differences in brain proteins in the rats whose mothers were vitamin D deficient. Some of these changes are the same as those seen in humans with schizophrenia and/or multiple sclerosis. This suggests that getting adequate vitamin D in pregnancy may be protective.

L Almeras et al., ‘Developmental vitamin D deficiency alters brain protein expression in the adult rat: implications for neuropsychiatric disorders’, Proteomics, 7(5); 769:780, 2007

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