Is Your Child Struggling At School? Feed Him Iron Rich Foods

Editorial Team

Feeding your children spinach and red meat, iron rich foods could help them do well in school, according to a new study.

A team of US researchers analysed 105 young female students who had an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.68.  They wanted to assess the impacts of both exercising and iron levels on someone's potential grades. Their data showed that those with greater amounts of iron stored away had the better performance levels.

This shows that students who are iron deficient perform significantly worse than their healthy counterparts.

But eating foods that are full of iron could help to boost their mark by one entire grade, experts believe.

According to lead researcher Karsten Koehler and assistant professor of nutrition and health sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,

'Iron helps the body perform essential functions, such as transporting oxygen in the bloodstream.
But a deficiency has previously been linked to fatigue - causing people to lose focus and cast their minds away.'

Other foods that are rich in iron include:

  • Pork and poultry
  • Seafood
  • Beans
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, ugwu, greens
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
  • Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
  • Peas