Antioxidant Vitamin (E&C) Contents in Colostrum of Bangladeshi Women

  • Rubena Haque Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka
  • Shahnila Ferdousi Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • Sk Nazrul Islam Professor, Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka
  • Razia Sultana Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Delta Medical College, Dhaka
  • Shammi Sultana Ferdousi Indoor Medical Officer, Department of Gynae & Obs, Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka
Keywords: Human colostrum, antioxidant vitamins

Abstract

Background: Colostrum is the first product of lactation and can be considered as first vaccine for newborns. It contains numerous nutrients as well as antioxidant vitamins necessary for newborns.

Objective: The aim of the study was to measure the antioxidant vitamin (vitamins E and C) contents in colostrum and to compare them with the nutritional status, age and parity of the lactating mothers and birth weight of the babies.

Materials and method: In this cross sectional study antioxidant vitamins E and C of colostrum of seventy six post-partum mothers were estimated irrespective of their age, parity, socioeconomic and nutritional status. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) was employed to analyze the colostral content of vitamin E and spectrophotometric method was used for estimation of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) level. These levels were then compared against maternal and fetal characteristics.

Results: The mean concentration (±SD) of vitamin E and C were 519.809(±1.16) ?gm/dl and 1.33(±0.076) mg/dl respectively. No significant relationship was found between maternal age, parity, BMI or birth weight of the baby and the colostral content of vitamin E and C.

Conclusion: Colostrum of Bangladeshi women are rich in antioxidant vitamins and not dependent on sociodemographic variables of mothers and / or birth weight of baby.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/dmcj.v2i2.20524

Delta Med Col J. Jul 2014; 2(2): 53-57

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Haque, R., Ferdousi, S., Islam, S., Sultana, R., & Ferdousi, S. (2014). Antioxidant Vitamin (E&C) Contents in Colostrum of Bangladeshi Women. Delta Medical College Journal, 2(2), 53-57. https://doi.org/10.3329/dmcj.v2i2.20524
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