Children with anemia who receive iron perform better on cognitive tests

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Daily iron supplementation improved the cognitive performance and physical outcomes for children with anemia, according to an analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Based on data from randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials, daily iron supplementation reduced the risk for anemia by 50% and iron deficiency by 79% and did not increase risk for malaria or gastrointestinal adverse effects. "Daily iron supplementation could benefit educational attainment and economic potential at the individual level and, in settings where anemia is prevalent, population level," researchers wrote.

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