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Exciting research findings indicate that a key ingredient in Vegemite (vitamin B3) could potentially help prevent many heart defects.

Baby Sophie had her first major heart surgery at just 6 days old. Research has made a discovery that may potentially prevent many heart defects in babies. But further testing is needed. Will you help?

A discovery by Professor Sally Dunwoodie and her team at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has found that a vital molecule called NAD can affect how a baby’s heart develops in the womb. Research suggests low levels of NAD could potentially lead to birth defects and recurrent miscarriage.

One way to increase NAD is by getting more vitamin B3 (niacins) in the diet. More research is being done on what levels of niacin could potentially protect the development of a baby’s heart (and perhaps what form).

Your generosity today will help support additional heart research.
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