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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.

Iron Supplements During Pregnancy753 views

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


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

Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation or Just Iron and Folic Acid815 views

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


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

Supplemental Iron Intake During Pregnancy Lead to Gestational Diabetes731 views

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


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

Parenting Research Summaries638 views

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


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