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Iron Helps Women's Brain Power

Iron Helps Women

Friday, August 20th 2004

Iron deficiency is a common nutritional problem particularly among women and girls with as many as 70% of New Zealand women under 65 years consuming less than the recommended daily intake of iron in their diets. Statistics do not appear to be available for women over 65.

When an iron deficiency is pronounced enough to cause anemia, cognitive function may become impaired. In 2001, a Greek study of subjects over the age of 65 demonstrated that anemia is a risk factor for cognitive impairment.

A new study reveals that a mild iron deficiency - well short of anemia - maybe all that's needed to impair cognitive function.

The new study comes from Pennsylvania State University, where researchers recruited 113 women, aged 18 to 35. In the initial tests, women who were iron deficient (but not anemic) scored significantly worse than women who were iron sufficient. Women with anemia also scored worse, but took longer to complete the tests.

In the four months following the first tests, the women were randomly selected to receive either an iron supplement daily, or a placebo. At the end of this period, the women who took the supplements scored just as well and quickly on the tests as the women who were iron sufficient at the outset.

The authors of the study concluded that their research demonstrates "that iron status is related to information processing in adult women."

Check with your doctor

The two primary causes of anemia are iron-poor blood (often triggered by menstruation or internal bleeding), and a deficiency in two critical vitamins: folic acid and vitamin B-12. Getting good amounts of these nutrients is especially important for seniors because as we age our ability to absorb vitamins from food diminishes. Consequently, our tendency to develop anemia rises. related to information processing in adult women."

In recent years, research has shown that anemia dramatically increases the risk of mortality for those with chronic health problems such as heart disease. At the same time, anemia can also promote cancer, which thrives in a cellular environment that's starved of oxygen. related to information processing in adult women."

"Iron always constipates me"

If so, then you need to consider taking an iron supplement containing non-constipating and highly tolerated iron bisglycinate. Scientific evidence in the more than 30 published scientific studies keeps accumulating on the positive advantages for patented iron bisglycinate.

Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Anaemia and Low Iron:

Family C - 300gm
Floradix Formula 500ml
Gentle Iron
Spirulina Capsules
Superior Iron
Vitamin B Complex 60's

Related health information can be found here:

Beet Root - a splendid liver and kidney cleanser, full of nutrients and iron
Feeling fatigued & dizzy with poor memory? You could be low in iron
Iron Deficiency
Menustrual Problems

Related articles can be found here:

Doctors Recommend a Multi-Vitamin a Day
Iron supplementation beneficial in healthy, full - term infants
Is it really "all in your food"?
Minerals: Critical for well-being

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.



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