A healthy immune system requires the intake of a balanced nutritional diet that is rich in macro as well as micronutrients. Iron is a vital nutrient that is needed to maintain healthy immune and non-immune functions in the body. Iron deficiency is a worldwide issue that mainly affects women of reproductive age and growing children.
Deficiency of Iron during Pregnancy and Postpartum Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency that affects 14% of the pregnant women in developed countries and as much as 56% (or about 35% to 75%) women in developing countries, according to statistics released by World Health Organization (WHO) (1). Healthcare providers around the world
Who is at Risk of Developing Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA)? Iron deficiency anemia (also referred to as microcytic anemia) is the most common nutritional deficiency across the globe (1). According to latest statistics, more than one-fourth of the world’s population is anemic (corresponding to 1.6 billion individuals); with 50% of the disease burden attributed to