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Low Iron is Common – and Dangerous, says Lorna Vanderhaeghe

By | October 19th, 2017|Featured Articles|

An interview with Lorna Vanderhaeghe by Jason Sebeslav, Owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, is a leading women’s health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 25 years. With degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, she is a popular lecturer and the author of 10 books including A Smart Woman’s [...]

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Adequate iron during infancy critical

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

American researchers report that children with low levels of iron as infants may grow up with brain deficiencies, even if they get early treatment. Their study of 185 teens from Costa Rica indicates that babies with severe iron deficiency never fully recovered on tests of learning, memory and thinking. The report highlights the importance of [...]

Start Prenatal Vitamins Early: Study finds first month may be critical for reducing birth defect

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

A mother’s nutrition during the first month of pregnancy may be critical in determining a child’s risk of developing Down syndrome (DS), according to a recent study. In particular, researchers found that an adequate intake of iron and folic acid can significantly lower the risk. DS is a disorder that results from a chromosomal abnormality [...]

ADHD: New research is promising

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) now affects between five and 10% of our school-aged children, most of them boys. It is characterized by hyperactivity, distractedness and difficulty with problem solving that can cause learning and behavioural problems in the classroom. The standard medical treatment for ADHD is Ritalin or similar amphetamine drugs. Because of the [...]

Could iron supplements help ADHD?

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Supplementing with iron may benefit children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers from the European Pediatric Hospital in Paris, who found a link between ADHD and iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral used to transport oxygen to all cells and tissues and is involved in the metabolism of brain chemicals, specifically the ones [...]

Low minerals have a role in hair loss

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Health experts say hormonal imbalances, medical side effects and psychological factors may cause temporary and reversible hair loss. Two recent studies indicate mineral deficiencies might also play a role. One study from the UK reported that hair loss after gastrointestinal surgery was treated successfully with zinc. Nutritional complications following this surgery include vitamin and mineral [...]

Iron Out Brain Function! Mineral improves cognitive performance

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Young women who took an iron supplement for 16 weeks significantly improved their attention, short-term and long-term memory, and their performance on cognitive tasks, even though many were not considered to be anemic when the study began, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University. The study was the first to examine the impact of iron [...]

Improve mental function with iron

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Young women who took iron significantly improved their attention, short-term and long-term memory, and their performance on cognitive tasks, even though many were not considered anemic when the study began, according to researchers at Penn State University. The study was the first to examine the impact of iron supplementation on cognitive functioning in women aged [...]

Prenatal vitamins strongly urged

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Many pregnant women lack iron, magnesium and other important nutrients, according to researchers at the University of Florida. The researchers set out to determine whether nutrient intake from food alone was adequate across three trimesters. In this study, 63 low-risk pregnant women, all from upper- or middle-income homes, completed three-day diet records each month which [...]

Healthy Kids: Iron deficiency

By | June 26th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Many parents are concerned that their kids may not be getting enough iron. Iron deficiency is relatively common in babies (up to 2 years) and adolescents. These two age groups are especially susceptible due to high iron requirements and rapid growth. Iron is essential for the production of blood and the building of muscle. A [...]