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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 1)
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Effects of Vitamins A, C and E on Liver Function in Pregnancy

O.I. Iribhogbe, J.E. Emordi, A. Aigbiremolen, O.B. Idonije, E.O. Nwoke and U. Akpamu
Corresponding Author:  Osede Ignis Iribhogbe 

Key words:  Cellular integrity, liver function, pregnancy, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E,
Vol. 3 , (1): 8-13
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2010 September, 06 2010 October, 19 2011 February, 25
Abstract:

In a bid to investigate the effect of sub chronic administration of vitamin A, C and E on liver function in early pregnancy, eighty-five female Wister rats (255-300 g) were employed for the study. They were randomly assigned to three test groups (I, II and III) having 5 treatment subgroups with five rats each, and a control and vehicle group with five rats each. After allowing the female rats to mate with male rats for 6 days, pregnancy was confirmed. The control group was administered 1ml of distilled water, vehicle group 1ml of tween 80, while test groups I, II and III received varying doses of vitamin A, C and E respectively via the intragastric route for 11days. The results showed a significantly elevated albumin, total protein, AST and ALP levels (p<0.05), following vitamin C and vitamin A administration when compared with control. In the vitamin A treated group there was a dose dependent significant increase (p<0.05) in total protein, AST and ALP levels while vitamin E treated group presented a significantly reduced ALT (p<0.05) with no significant change in total protein levels when compared with control. Conclusively the therapeutic benefit of vitamin A, C and E supplementation in pregnancy is not without an impact on the functional and cellular integrity of the liver.
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O.I. Iribhogbe, J.E. Emordi, A. Aigbiremolen, O.B. Idonije, E.O. Nwoke and U. Akpamu, 2011. Effects of Vitamins A, C and E on Liver Function in Pregnancy.  Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 3(1): 8-13.
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