Hair Trace Elements and Pregnancy

23 november 2020, 15:59

Part 1

The objective of this study was to determine the impact of lifestyle factors on age-related differences in hair trace elements content in pregnant women who were in their third trimester. It is known that trace elements have a significant role in regulation of human reproduction. Results revealed that older pregnant women had lower hair zinc, vanadium and cadmium content and higher boron compared to younger women. Their data indicates that lifestyle factors has an influence on age-related changes in hair trace elements during pregnancy that may impact the outcome of pregnancyComment: Nutritional assessment is important and beneficial prior to, during and following pregnancy. HTMA can be used to provide targeted nutrition for the need of the mother as well as offspring. This is illustrated very well in the following study below.

Hair Mineral Analysis to assess Nutritional and Toxic Metal Status in Women and Their Children After In-Vitro

Fertilization (IVF)

Hair mineral analysis was conducted on samples obtained from fifty women with IVF pregnancy and over one hundred controls who experienced spontaneous pregnancy. Hair samples were also analyzed from their nine month old children in both groups. Comparisons revealed that women with IVF pregnancy had significantly elevated hair arsenic, mercury, lithium, sodium and potassium and reduced iron and zinc levels. The children of the IVF group had low hair levels of chromium, iron, magnesium and higher mercury and molybdenum compared to the control group. Hair mineral levels were associated with infertility and pregnancy complications. The authors conclude that the results suggest the need for preconception monitoring and correction of essential elements as well as toxic metals in or to improve the course of pregnancy and child development.

Hair Zinc in Women with Androgenic Hair Loss

Female androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition but minerals may play a role in in the condition. A case control study was conducted to compare the serum, hair zinc and iron in affected women compared to a nonaffected group. Results found that serum and hair zinc and iron levels were markedly lower in women experiencing hair loss compared to the control group. Dhaher SA, et al. Estimation of Zinc and Iron in the Serum and Hair of Women with Androgenetic Alopecia: Case-Control Study. Indian J Dermatol. 63,5, 2018.

Hair Zinc and ADHD

Hair mineral profiles were compared between health children and those diagnosed as having attention deficit and hyperactivity. Copper to zinc and phosphorus to zinc ratios were found to be significantly lower in affected children than controls. Apparently elevated higher hair zinc levels were correlated with more symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and total ADHD symptoms. Tippairote, T, et al. Hair Zinc and Severity of Symptoms Are increased in Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder: a Hair Multi-element Profile Study. Biol. Trace Elem Res. 179,2, 2017.


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