Humans need iron.
Babies triple their size in the first 12 months, and when the body gets bigger, the blood supply must get bigger. Iron is a critical mineral to build red blood cells. Without red blood cells, the body can’t carry oxygen to the brain and vital organs.
After babyhood, children continue to grow. They need iron.
During puberty, kids grow quickly again. They need iron. When girls start to menstruate, they need iron to replace the monthly loss of blood. Read about iron for tweens and teens here and here. Consider a multivitamin with iron daily once girls get their period.
Moms also need iron! For each pregnancy, a woman needs to equip the baby with enough iron to build a health blood supply.
Where can you get iron?
The mineral is present in beans, meats, spinach, collard, and kale. Two ways to increase iron are Cream of Wheat for breakfast which can be served to babies and children of all ages and wheat germ which can be sprinkled onto yogurt or stirred into sauces.
Eat iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods to enhance absorption. Cook in cast iron pots.