Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder. Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) affects over 1.2 billion people globally, and iron deficiency without anaemia affects even more.1,2 Even a mild deficiency can result in fatigue, poor concentration, mood changes and reduced physical endurance.2
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Beyond anaemia, iron deficiency can also cause weakness, shortness of breath, pallor, cold intolerance, irritability, withdrawal behaviour, hair loss, tachycardia, restless legs and pica (unusual cravings for eating, for example, ice or clay).2–5 The efficacy of thyroid hormones is also dependent on iron, which may co
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