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Study: Vitamin D May Protect Placenta
Published Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Los Angeles, Ca.—In a recent study, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found supplementing the diet of pregnant women with vitamin D may enhance placental immunity and protect it from infection.

“Although the precise function of vitamin D within the placenta remains to be defined, data from this study suggest that local synthesis of [the active form of vitamin D] may play a key role in placental innate immunity,” said the researchers. “We further postulate that improvement of maternal vitamin D status through dietary supplementation may act to potentiate placental innate immune responses during pregnancy.”

This abstract was provided courtesy of Natural Products Industry Insider, published by Virgo Publishing Inc.

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