Good iron levels boost academic performance in girls

The impact of fitness was greater overall than the impact of iron status, but taken together, the impact was even greater.

Dear parents, boost your daughter’s iron intake with green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and pulses as a new study reveals that physically fit female students with normal iron levels may perform better academically.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pennsylvania State University have found that a student’s fitness level and iron status could be the difference between making an A or a B.

The findings, published in the journal of Nutrition, suggest that the difference in grade point average was as much as 0.34 — enough to drop or increase a letter grade. 

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