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The role of dietary iron fortification in managing iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in early life

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The role of dietary iron fortification in managing iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in early life

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This infographic provides you with essential insights into iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA), particularly among infants and young children. ID is the most common micronutrient deficiency globally and the leading cause of nutritional anemia in children. Alarmingly, 42% of anemic children under five suffer from ID.

The consequences of ID/IDA in early life are significant, potentially leading to poor cognitive development, motor skills dysfunction, and a higher risk of infections. To combat this, strategies such as iron supplementation and dietary modification or fortification are recommended. Although oral iron supplements are widely used, they can cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea, making them less suitable for some children.

Dietary iron fortification emerges as a powerful long-term strategy. Clinical evidence highlights the benefits of iron-fortified young-child formula (YCF), which significantly reduces the likelihood of ID compared to non-fortified cow’s milk. Guidelines recommend specific iron content levels in infant formulas to ensure adequate intake.

The infographic also explains that heme iron has higher bioavailability than non-heme iron and emphasizes the importance of reducing agents like ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in enhancing iron absorption. Additionally, it highlights the role of prebiotics in boosting iron bioavailability and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, which can prevent the adverse effects associated with iron supplementation.

In summary, iron-rich infant formulas fortified with vitamin C and prebiotics are crucial in preventing ID and IDA, promoting better health outcomes for children worldwide.

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