International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 531

Full Length Research Paper

Serum levels of micronutrients and antioxidants during malaria in pregnant women in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

M. F. Asaolu
  • M. F. Asaolu
  • Department of Biochemistry, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
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P. A. Igbaakin
  • P. A. Igbaakin
  • Department of Biochemistry, Adekunle, Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 18 September 2009
  •  Published: 30 November 2009

Abstract

The comparative effects of malaria on serum micronutrients and antioxidants were studied in two hundred and ninety five (295) pregnant women aged 20–43 years. The malaria cases were 195 while 100 served as controls. Serum levels of copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin A, folic acid, cobala-mine and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenes, glutathione and superoxide dismutase were measured. Results indicate that malaria was associated with lower levels of both micronutrients and antioxidants in pregnant women. It may be concluded that malaria has a severe damageable effect on the micronutrients and antioxidants of pregnant Nigerian women with malaria.

Key words:   Micronutrients, antioxidants, pregnant, superoxide dismutase, malaria.