According to research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, women who have adequate levels of B vitamins are more likely to get pregnant and stay pregnant even with high levels of the common pesticide DDT, which is known to have harmful reproductive effects.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and they indicate that B vitamins may offer protection for individuals with DDT (a known endocrine disruptor) in their bodies. This pesticide is still used against mosquitoes in various countries where malaria continues to be a public health concern. DDT can remain in the body and environment for decades.
In this three year study, among the 291 female participants there were 385 conceptions, 31% of which were lost before six weeks. Women with high DDT levels and sufficient levels of B vitamins (B6, B12 and folate) had a 42% increased risk of early miscarriage than women with lower DDT levels. But in those with high DDT levels and vitamin B deficiencies, women were twice as likely to suffer a miscarriage before six weeks of gestation. The researchers discovered that the risk to a pregnancy was higher with B12 and folic acid deficiencies and with deficiencies in more than one B vitamin. In addition, researchers found that women with high DDT and low B vitamin levels took almost twice as long to conceive in the first place.
B vitamins and improved nutrition protect our bodies from environmental toxins and better prepare the body to counteract the toxic effects of pesticides and other stressors we get exposed to on a daily basis.
We are exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, and industrial chemicals of all kinds from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. These toxins accumulate in the body and contribute to the total toxic load that can cause a variety of health problems.
If you are pregnant or nursing you should always consult a doctor when taking any supplement.
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Source: F. Ouyang, M. P. Longnecker, S. A. Venners, S. Johnson, S. Korrick, J. Zhang, X. Xu, P. Christian, M.-C. Wang, X. Wang. Preconception serum 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2,bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane and B-vitamin status: independent and joint effects on women’s reproductive outcomes. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2014; 100 (6): 1470 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.088377
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