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Iron deficiency effects mental proformance

Please bear with me on these posts, I suppose I am just trying to find my voice, if that makes any sense I have no idea.

Well maybe I just need to take more iron, but seriously since starting this blog I am more aware of the effects of nutrition on our body so each time I pick up some new info I am keen to pass it on.

So on this occasion it is in regards to this article, Can Dietary Supplements Boost Brain Power? What did catch my eye was these 2 paragraphs, I will let it speak for itself

More recently, however, a handful of studies have indicated that certain dietary deficiencies may negatively affect brain function, and that supplements could be used to correct these deficiencies. Iron deficiency, for example, has been associated with poor mental performance. A study published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women of reproductive age (18 – 35 years) who had low levels of iron in their blood performed more poorly on tests of attention, memory, and learning that those who had sufficient levels of iron.

When the iron-deficient women were treated with iron supplementation, their scores improved. Although the biological mechanism for this improvement is unclear, one possible explanation is that low levels of iron can negatively interfere with neurotransmission. Similarly, low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, found in fish oil, may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.