Teen girls need iron

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It is estimated that only about half of all teenage girls get enough iron in their diets. Iron is important to teenage girls because it helps prevent any nasty side-effects from blood-loss during their periods, such as tiredness, feeling faint, breathlessness and concentration problems.

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Iron-rich foods include dried fruits such as apricots, raisins and unsalted nuts. Red meat is a great source of iron, but you can also get it from fish and most breakfast cereals. Also include boiled and poached eggs, chicken, watercress or kale, baked beans and whole-wheat bread in your diet. Or speak to your family doctor about a good supplement.

Learn more about iron-deficiency anaemia

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