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Iron and Folic Acid

These are very important nutrients in the body since they help in forming and maintaining new red blood cells and preventing anemia. They also prevent DNA from changing its structure which can lead to cancer. Naturally, Iron is found in foods like liver, spinach, and red meat among others, while folic acid is found in beans, peas, and avocado. You can also find them in the form of tablets and liquid as supplements. In this section, you will learn more benefits of the iron and folic acid, their sources and also the effects of their deficiency on the body.

Will My Child Be Smarter If I Take Iron Supplements during Pregnancy? Effect of Iron Supplementation during Pregnancy on the Intelligence Quotient and Behavior of Children at 4 Years of Age: Long-Term Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Iron Supplements During Pregnancy

Taking iron as a nutritional supplement is a common practice during pregnancy. In fact, it is recommended by most health institutions around the world. However, experts are divided about whether iron should be regularly administered to pregnant women. In some countries, pregnant women are routinely advised to take iron supplements, but in other countries, the policy…

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Is Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation More Effective Than Iron and Folic Acid? Prenatal Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Has Greater Impact on Birthweight Than Supplementation with Iron and Folic Acid: A Cluster-Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Programmatic Study in Rural Niger

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Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation or Just Iron and Folic Acid

The micronutrient intake of pregnant women may be insufficient, especially in underdeveloped countries. Thus, nutritional supplements are necessary, but some of them have proven inefficient. Maternal nutrient deficiency has been linked to multiple pathologies in newborns, such as low birth weight. It has other serious consequences on children’s health and development as well, including growth…

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Does Supplemental Iron Intake during Pregnancy Lead to Gestational Diabetes? Supplemental Iron Intake and the Risk of Glucose Intolerance in Pregnancy: Re-analysis of a Randomised Controlled Trial in Finland

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Supplemental Iron Intake During Pregnancy Lead to Gestational Diabetes

Iron supplements are often taken during pregnancy. However, some observational studies suggest that high iron intake may lead to gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes (GD), or glucose intolerance during pregnancy, increases the risk of macrosomia (abnormally big baby), type 2 diabetes in both the mother and the child, and metabolic syndrome in the child. It was…

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Does Home Food Fortification Improve Brain Development? Prenatal Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Affect Maternal Anthropometric Indicators Only in Certain Subgroups of Rural Bangladeshi Women

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Home food fortification involves adding special nutritional products to home meals. Some commonly used supplements are lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS), multiple micronutrient powders (MNP), and iron and folic acid supplements (IFA). Other examples include fat-soluble soya flour, which contains various vitamins and minerals. The commonly preferred nutrients for home fortification are MNP and LNS. LNS…

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Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Reduce Maternal and Newborn Malnutrition Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements for Pregnant Women Reduce Newborn Stunting in a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial in Bangladesh

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Parenting Research Summaries

The inadequate levels of micronutrients in pregnant and lactating women and their newborn babies are a great concern, especially in developing countries. It is believed that the malnutrition of pregnant and lactating women in these areas is due to the low socioeconomic conditions. Maternal malnutrition contributes to poor delivery outcomes for newborns, including low birth…

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