Vitamin A decreases gastrointestinal problems in HIV-infected infants

The effect of antenatal vitamin A and beta-carotene supplementation on gut integrity of infants of HIV-infected South African women.

This study evaluated the effects of vitamin A on the gut function of infants of HIV-infected mothers. 238 infants of HIV-infected women who were administered vitamin A during pregnancy were included. When infants were 1, 6 and 14 weeks of age intestinal function tests were performed. The results showed that vitamin A supplementation of HIV-infected pregnant women can prevent gastrointestinal problems in their infants who themselves become infected. Further details can be found in the study.
Filteau SM, Rollins NC, Coutsoudis A, Sullivan KR, Willumsen JF, Tomkins AM. The effect of antenatal vitamin A and beta-carotene supplementation on gut integrity of infants of HIV-infected South African women. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2001 Apr;32(4):464-70.



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