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A large review of studies concludes that taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces the risk for maternal anemia and for having a baby with low birth weight

Published: June 22, 2013 5:12:18 am

Iron supplements may reduce pregnancy risks

New York: A large review of studies concludes that taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces the risk for maternal anemia and for having a baby with low birth weight.

The analysis covered 92 studies involving almost two million subjects. Some of the studies tested iron alone and others iron in combination with folic acid,routinely used to reduce

the risk for birth defects. Over all,the researchers found a significant inverse relationship between the dose of iron and the risk for maternal anemia in the third trimester. For every increase of 10 milligrams of iron,up to 66 milligrams,there was a 12 per cent decrease in the risk for anemia. The use of iron was associated with a birth weight increase of one and a half ounces,on average. The review was published in the journal BMJ.

Fruit,veggies kept in daylight are more nutritious

London: Fruits and vegetables should not be stored in the fridge or a dark cupboard because they need a natural cycle of day and night to produce maximum levels of nutrients and flavour,a new study has claimed. The fruits and vegetables we buy in the grocery store are actually still alive,and it matters to them what time of day it is,the study found. Allowing fruits and vegetables to continue on a day-night cycle keeps them in a more natural and healthy state while permanent darkness or light may affect their nutrient content for the worse,researchers found,The Telegraph reported. pti

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