The importance of iron in one's diet is not advertised widely. However, did you know that iron deficiency is the most common
deficiency in the world (including industrialized countries)? Teens are
especially vulnerable, as their growing bodies need more iron to
accommodate the expansion of blood volume and increased muscle mass.
Within the groups of adolescents, there are subgroups
who are the most vulnerable: those with chronic illness, those who are
malnourished or obese, and females. We want to focus on the last group
for this newsletter.
The highest risk of iron deficiency occurs in females' reproductive years. Menstruation itself is a risk factor,
but heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) increases the risk because every ml
of blood lost translates to 0.5 mg of iron lost. The length of
menstruation is also a factor in iron loss.
Iron deficiency has become such a concern that researchers recently
recommended that all adolescent girls should be tested for iron
deficiency within a few years of starting menses. Although female teens
are normally tested for anemia, iron deficiency can develop years before
anemia, and hemoglobin testing (typically used for anemia) can miss
Because growing teens also eat more during adolescence, there is also a risk of them becoming less discerning
about the healthiness of what they eat. In this case, it becomes even
more important that parents are consistent role models and limit the
quantity of unhealthy food options at home.
If you are concerned about whether your teen is getting adequate iron
intake, we recommend Next Generation B Complex. This high-potency
vitamin B complex supports natural energy, brain health and stress
management. B vitamins are high in iron, and are important for nervous
system. They also help with specific functions, including health of the
liver, heart, eyes, skin, hair, and mucosal linings--particularly in and
around the mouth. B vitamins also influence the muscle tone of the
gastrointestinal tract, which helps bowel function.
Here is the breakdown of vitamins in our B Complex:
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