Low Choline Level in Pregnancy Tied to Birth Defects

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Low blood levels of the nutrient choline during pregnancy increases the risk of brain and spinal-cord defects in newborns ...

They focused on two types of neural tube birth defects -- anencephaly and spina bifida ...

... choline levels were linked to risk of neural tube defects. Choline is found in egg yolks, soy, wheat germ and meats.

Women with the lowest blood choline levels during pregnancy were 2.4 times more likely to have infants with neural tube defects than women with average blood choline levels. Women with the highest choline levels had the lowest risk.

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