Iron deficiency is well present among teenagers around the world due to their important iron needs during growth, an often insufficient iron intake and a bad bioavailability in their food. Adolescence is a very delicate period, especially for girls, as the menstruations are a major cause of iron deficiency. It is vital to ensure the prevention of iron deficiency before menarche and continue after their arrival.
Natural food supplementation is truly advisable, especially as adolescent food is far from being perfect. Breakfast is often brief, if not absent, lunch in the canteen speaks for itself and the evening meal alone can not fill these nutritional gaps.
Adolescent increase of iron intake could make all the difference from the playground to the university. It is known that iron deficiency may be responsible for brain dysfunctionning affecting both the memory and learning capabilities.