Lead and Nutrition
Lead is a poisonous metal that our bodies cannot use. In fact, lead prevents the body from using good minerals like iron and calcium the way it should. Iron helps to protect the body from the harmful effects of lead. Calcium reduces lead absorption and helps make teeth and bones strong. Vitamin C helps prevent lead from being absorbed.
It is important for all children, but especially children with elevated blood lead levels, to eat a well-balanced and age-appropriate diet. It is also important for children to be evaluated for iron-deficiency anemia and to eat food rich in iron, vitamin C, and calcium.
Your child's doctor will check your child for iron-deficiency anemia and evaluate his or her diet during routinely scheduled well-child visits. A well-child visit is a good time for you to ask the doctor questions about lead and what you can do to prevent lead poisoning.
Nutrition and Lead Brochures:
Lead and Nutrition Information for Seniors (Mandarin)
Well Fed Means Less Lead (English)
Nutrition and Lead, Flint Focused Community Resources:
Michigan State University Extension:
Fight Lead with Nutrition (English)
Fight Lead with Nutrition (Spanish)
Fight Lead with Nutrition (Mandarin)
Links to Other Nutrition and Lead Resources:
United States Department of Agriculture: WIC Works: Lead Poisoning Prevention