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IronIIronIronEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of iron in the body.</p><p></p><p>Iron helps form the hemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs around the body and plays an important role in brain development. There are two forms of iron: heme iron (which is better used by the body) and non-heme iron (which needs to be taken with vitamin C to help the body absorb it).</p> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-5_illustration_food_iron.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Iron helps form the hemoglobin that carries oxygen around the body from the lungs.</li><li>Heme iron, which is better absorbed by the body, is mostly found in meat, poultry and fish.</li><li>Non-heme iron is mostly found in grain products, legumes, tofu and green leafy vegetables. It needs to be taken with vitamin C so the body can absorb it.</li><li>Pregnant women need to take a daily supplement of 16-20 mg iron.<br></li></ul>
FerFFerIronFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez le rôle du fer dans le corps.</p><p>Le fer contribue à former l’hémoglobine dans les globules rouges qui transportent l’oxygène à partir des poumons dans tout le corps et joue un rôle important dans le développement du cerveau. Le fer existe sous deux formes: le fer héminique (qui est plus facilement assimilé par le corps) et le fer non héminique (qui doit être pris avec de la vitamine C afin d’aider le corps à l’assimiler).</p> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-5_illustration_food_iron.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Le fer contribue à la formation de l’hémoglobine qui transporte l’oxygène partout à travers le corps à partir des poumons.</li> <li>Le fer héminique, qui est plus facilement assimilé par le corps, se retrouve surtout dans la viande, la volaille et le poisson.</li> <li>Le fer non héminique se retrouve surtout dans les produits céréaliers, les légumineuses, le tofu et les légumes verts et feuillus. Il doit être pris avec la vitamine C afin que le corps puisse l’absorber.</li> <li> Les femmes enceintes doivent prendre un supplément de 16 à 20 mg de fer chaque jour.<br></li></ul>

 

 

Iron1450.00000000000IronIronIEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of iron in the body.</p><p></p><p>Iron helps form the hemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs around the body and plays an important role in brain development. There are two forms of iron: heme iron (which is better used by the body) and non-heme iron (which needs to be taken with vitamin C to help the body absorb it).</p> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-5_illustration_food_iron.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Iron helps form the hemoglobin that carries oxygen around the body from the lungs.</li><li>Heme iron, which is better absorbed by the body, is mostly found in meat, poultry and fish.</li><li>Non-heme iron is mostly found in grain products, legumes, tofu and green leafy vegetables. It needs to be taken with vitamin C so the body can absorb it.</li><li>Pregnant women need to take a daily supplement of 16-20 mg iron.<br></li></ul><h2>Supplements</h2><ul><li>In addition to getting iron from a healthy diet, pregnant women should take a daily supplement containing 16 to 20 mg of iron and 0.4 mg of folic acid.</li><li>Vegetarians and vegans need almost twice as much iron as meat eaters. They should make careful food choices to make sure they get enough iron each day. Young vegetarian women may need to take an iron supplement.</li></ul><p> <a target="_blank" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/INM_NRC_track1-8-1_micronutrients_pdf.pdf">Print-Friendly Version</a><br></p>Iron

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