Iron Deficiency in Adolescents 

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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 detecting it.

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:

  • Organic “base” ingredients are: spinach, turmeric rhizome, ginger, blueberry
  • Spinach (per 100 g): 15% Potassium, 187% Vit.A, 9% Calcium, 46% Vit.C, 15% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 19% Magnesium
  • Turmeric (per 100 g): 72% Potassium, 18% Calcium, 43% Vit.C, 230% Iron, 90% Vit.B-6, 48% Magnesium
  • Ginger (per 100 g): 11% Potassium, 1% Calcium, 8% Vit.C, 3% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 10% Magnesium
  • Blueberry (per 100 g): 2% Potassium, 1% Vit.A, 16% Vit.C, 1% Iron, 5% Vit.B-6, 1% Magnesium

Life Choice understands!

  • Spirulina has:
    • 10 mg of Riboflavin (Vit.B2),
    • 12.5 mg of Thiamine (Vit.B1),
    • 5 mg of Pyridoxine (Vit.B6),
    • 8 mg of Niacin (Vit.B3),
    • 12.5 mcg Folic Acid (Vit.B9)
  • Shiitake mushrooms has:
    • 3 mg Pantothenic Acid (Vit.B5),
    • Copper: 72%,
    • Pantothenic Acid: 52%,
    • Selenium: 33%,
    • Vitamin B2: 9%,
    • Zinc: 9%,
    • Manganese: 8%,
    • Vitamin B6: 7%,
    • Vitamin B3: 7%,
    • Choline: 6%,
    • Fiber: 6%,
    • Vitamin D: 5%,
    • Folate: 4%
  • Vitamin D3 (sourced from Lichen): 5 mcg
  • Beta Carotene: 450 mcg
  • Acerola Berry: 100 mg
    • Acerola contains the richest source of 100% natural vitamin C complex
    • 100 grams contains 17,000 milligrams of the vitamin C.
    • Contains the whole-plant bioflavonoids, hesperidin, rutin, anthocyanins and other naturally occurring essential cofactors.
    • Its carotene content is comparable to carrots and it’s also high in B-Vitamins niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium, B1 Thaimine and B2 Ribolflavin.
  • Vitamin E* (elaeis  guineensis) fruit-palm: 16.75 mg contains:
    • D-Alpha Tocopherol: 14%,
    • D-Beta TOC: 2%,
    • D-Gamma TOC: 60%,
    • D-Delta TOC: 24%
  • PABA: 25 mg Vit.B10
  • Vit. B12: 125 mcg
  • Biotin (B7): 25 mg

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