Unpacking iron deficiency #WorldIronWeek

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Unpacking iron deficiency Photo by Marleen Nel
Unpacking iron deficiency Photo by Marleen Nel
Marleen Nel

Iron deficiency and anaemia has become a great health concern amongst South African women and can pose life-threatening consequences when left untreated. Red meat, such as South African lamb and mutton, is a good source of heme iron, the bioavailable form of iron that your body can use and absorb. 

Individuals at risk of iron deficiency: 

· Infants, children and teenagers during phases of rapid growth 

· Pregnant women, due to increased blood levels and to build up the baby’s iron stores 

· Girls and women who experience monthly blood loss due to their period 

· People on restricted or fad diets 

· Athletes and very active individuals 

Note: Always speak to a healthcare provider before self-diagnosing any condition or taking any supplements. 

Talk to your doctor if you, or your child, is experiencing some of these symptoms: 

· Feeling lethargic or tired although you are sleeping well 

· Difficulty concentrating 

· Often irritable or grumpy 

· A child experiencing developmental delays and learning difficulties 

· Impaired immunity 

· Suffer from frequent infections 

· Reduced appetite 

· Deterioration in athletic performance/ decreased aerobic capacity 

For more information on the role of red meat in a balanced, sustainable diet visit Cooking With Lamb

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