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Open Access Vitamin A reduces the inhibition of iron absorption by phytates and polyphenols

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In searching for an explanation for the rapid response to iron-fortification programmes, we focused on the interaction of vitamin A and inhibitors of iron absorption from a basal breakfast containing bread from either pre-cooked maize flour or wheat flour plus cheese and margarine. These breads were labeled with either 59Fe or 55Fe. These experiments demonstrated that vitamin A prevented the inhibiting effect of polyphenols and phytates on iron absorption. It was also demonstrated that vitamin A had the same effect on iron absorption as phytase.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

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