Feeling tired and irritable? It could be more than just the daily grind that’s getting you down.
At a time where diseases of overabundance are rife, dietary iron, a key essential mineral goes short in the diets of many across the globe, particularly New Zealand women aged 15-50 years.
Iron deficiency is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. It is the only nutrient deficiency which affects people in both developing and developed countries, including New Zealand where it comes down to a lack of dietary intake.
WHO estimates over 30% or 2 billion of the world’s population are anaemic, many due to iron deficiency, with infectious diseases intensifying the condition in developing countries.
It’s not only New Zealand women that are affected by a low iron status, research has shown 8 out 10 toddlers don’t meet the recommended daily intake of dietary iron.
The World Iron Awareness Week campaign, which was initiated last year in New Zealand, has now gone global. Check out http://www.ironweek.co.nz/ for practical steps for improving iron levels and how to recognise the signs of low iron which can present as tiredness, irritability and lack of focus.