What role does vitamin B3 play in preventing miscarriages and birth defects?

A new Australian report suggests that B3, a key vitamin in green vegetables, meat and Vegemite, could prevent miscarriage and birth defects. Conducted by the Victor Chang Institute, the study found that low levels of a vital molecule, known as NAD, during gestation threatens the development of a baby’s organs in the womb.

Pregnant mice with the defect-causing gene that were given niacin supplements had healthily-developing embryos, eventually giving birth to healthy offspring. But with human trials yet to be conducted, are we jumping the gun by stocking up on Vegemite?

Biomedical researcher Professor Sally Dunwoodie, who led the landmark study, joined Nic to discuss the study’s outcomes and what it means for the future of pregnancy treatment.

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