Experts say that anemia and iron deficiency due to anemia cause irreversible effects especially on the mental development of children. Experts say that vitamin C is essential for the absorption of iron from food, and that it is very important to consume fruit juice.
Anemia, which is caused by the decrease in blood, which is the source of life, and the iron deficiency associated with it reduce the quality of life. Expressing that iron deficiency has an important role in the mental development of children, experts say that fruit juice should be consumed to increase the absorption of iron from food.
Anemia is defined as a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, and this too. Stating that it causes iron deficiency, Nuh Naci Yazgan University Faculty of Health Sciences Nutrition and Dietetics Department Head Prof. Dr. Neriman İnanç pointed out that iron deficiency usually occurs during childhood and adolescence, when growth is very rapid, and during pregnancy. Inanc said, “One out of every 5 men, one out of every 3 women, one out of every 2 pregnant women and one out of every 5 children experience anemia. However, many are not aware of this situation. While the incidence of anemia in children aged 0-5 in developed countries is between 4 and 20 percent, this rate reaches up to 80 percent in the same age group in underdeveloped countries. Unfortunately, the incidence of anemia in our country is very high at 50 percent," he said.
Vitamin C improves iron absorption
Noting that iron is found in both animal and plant foods, Prof. Inanc said, “Not all of the iron in food can be absorbed in the body. In order for the iron we take to be beneficial, we must consume it with foods containing vitamin C. For example, 500 milligrams of vitamin C taken with food increases the absorption of iron 6 times. For this reason, fruit juices are a good source to increase vitamin intake. Consuming fruit juices such as orange juice, pineapple juice and grapefruit juice containing vitamin C along with a meal containing high protein and iron increases iron absorption. In order to prevent anemia and to be treated more effectively and quickly after anemia occurs, care should be taken to consume fruit juice, which is a source of vitamins, in every age group.