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Why Our Kids Need Iron

on April 10, 2012

We all hear about the vitamins and minerals our children require but never really know why they are so important. Iron is a key nutrient because it is important to blood health since it assists in creating hemoglobin in addition to being important for bone health during stages of development. Since development and growth takes part mostly in kids and teens, it is vital they get enough Iron. In general children require 7-10 milligrams of Iron per day.

Easy Ways To Add Iron

Most breakfast cereals are now fortified with Iron, so a serving of cereal will help.

Iron from red meat, chicken, and fish is most easily absorbed by the body so those sources are best.

Eggs, beans and green vegetables are also excellent sources of Iron.

Insuring your family is eating a well balanced diet will insure you are receiving enough Iron.

What Happens When We Don’t Get Enough

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world.

Anemia can develop in children who are deficient.

Children who consume higher amounts of regular milk products are at a greater risk for being deficient since milk is more feeling which leaves little room for meat sources.

Iron deficiency has also been linked to behavioral and learning disorders.

Sources:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/iron.html

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=516

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