Iron is a vital mineral requiring a delicate balance in the body. While too little iron can cause developmental issue in infants, too much can also have adverse effects. Many foods for infants and children are fortified with iron because many children in earlier decades were deficient. But has all this fortification lead to kids getting too much iron? A new study found that in the case of infant formula, the answer may be yes. (more…)
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Prior to the process of enrichment, or the addition of vitamins to processed foods, iron deficiency was a serious problem especially in babies and young children. Efficient iron intake has improved immensely for kids but certainly has not disappeared. A new study explains it may be beneficial to offer iron supplements to certain newborn babies. (more…)
When taking a hard look at nutrient absorption, it can be very confusing as vitamins and minerals are actually quite complex. As discussed in the Boosting Iron during Pregnancy post, some nutrients act as helpers of iron absorption while others hinder. These symbiotic relationships are abundant in the natural world, and although seemingly counterproductive they are indeed as Mother Nature intended.
Iron is critical for healthy brain development and is one of the main components of prenatal vitamins. During pregnancy, daily iron needs double from 18mg to 27mg not only to support the increased blood supply in an expecting mother’s body, but also to support the growing baby and placenta. A new study found that delayed brain maturation in preemies may be the result of iron deficiency in utero.