Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency in the world. Children, with their high nutritional needs, are especially vulnerable to lack of iron. Iron is an essential component for brain development, and is important for the formation of neurotransmitters and brain cell metabolism. But why can’t we simply dole out iron supplements to children everywhere? Dr. Magnus Domellöf focuses on the delicate balance of iron regulation in the human body, explaining the reasons why too much iron is not a good thing.
He draws attention to several interesting studies done in animals and humans, including children of various ages, testing the risks and benefits of iron supplements. The secret to the proper use of iron: to give the right amount, in the right places. Domellöff concludes by giving ideas on how we can walk the fine line between anemia and iron toxicity to promote healthy infant growth.