A new study shows women who consume more fruits, vegetables and proteins before becoming pregnant are less likely to have a child who develops leukemia. Researchers believe that glutathione is the nutrient in protein that lowers the cancer risk.
Researchers studied more than 130 women who had a child diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. They compared the women's diets to those of more than 130 women with healthy children. Results showed women who consumed more vegetables, fruits and proteins during the year prior to becoming pregnant had a lower risk of having a child with leukemia.
In conclusion researchers say, fetal exposure to nutritional factors has a lot to do with what the mother eats and they also say that their findings show how vital it is that women hoping to get pregnant, as well as expectant mothers, understand that critical nutrients in vegetables, fruit and foods containing protein, such as meat, fish beans and nuts, may protect the health of their unborn children.