The Role of Vitamin B12 in Maternal and Infant Health
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2024 | Viewed by 2515
Interests: nutrition; one carbon metabolism; epigenetics; heart failure; obesity; liver disease
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in many biological processes, such as DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, and nervous system function. It is especially important for maternal and infant health, as it affects the development and well-being of both the mother and the baby. Adequate intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy and lactation can prevent various complications, such as neural tube defects (NTD), preterm birth, low birth weight, and anemia. However, vitamin B12 deficiency is a common problem worldwide, especially among populations that consume little or no animal products, such as vegans and vegetarians. Therefore, it is crucial to identify and treat vitamin B12 deficiency in women of reproductive age and to ensure optimal supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In this Special Issue, authors are invited to submit original research, reviews, and hypothesis-driven articles that address the topic related to the role of vitamin B12 in maternal and infant health and provide recommendations for the prevention and management of vitamin B12 deficiency. Topics of interest include the following:
- Vitamin B12 and NTD;
- Vitamin B12 in maternal milk;
- Vitamin B12 and neurodevelopment;
- Vitamin B12 metabolism and the foetomaternal exchange;
- Vitamin B12 and fertility.
Dr. Rosa-Maria Gueant-Rodriguez
Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Guéant
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- vitamin B12
- vitamin B12 deficiency
- vitamin B12 metabolism
- infant health
- maternal health
- neural tube defects (NTD)