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Iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutrient deficiencies in the world, affecting an estimated two billion people.  -World Health Organization

It is estimated that zinc deficiency affects about one-third of the world's population, with estimates ranging from 4% to 73% across subregions.  - World Health Organization

Many of us deal with nutrient deficiencies.  We don't only see this in the developing world or in poverty stricken areas where humans rely on subsistence diets.  First world diets are often very high in phytate, and many individuals deal with iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium deficiencies and all of the associated health issues related to these deficiencies.

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Household food security is the application of this concept to the family level, with individuals within households as the focus of concern.” -

Hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency) affects 2.5 billion people worldwide. 1/3 of all deaths of children under five is related in some way to malnutrition. This means that even if people are getting calories, they are deficient in the nutrients they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Below is a list of relevant research papers for you to explore to better understand the relationship between phytate, phytase and your health. There are thousands more if you take the time to look.

    1.  Information on Hidden Hunger and Micronutrient Deficiency

    2. Acute Malnutrition: World Food Program

    3. World Food Program Specialized Nutritious Foods Sheet

    4. Living with Phytic Acid - Weston A Price Foundation

    5. Zinc as a Gatekeeper of Immune Function

    6. Phytase Absorption Studies

    7. International Zinc Consultative Group Technical Documents

    8. Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection

    9. The dynamic link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status

    10. Zinc altered immune function

    11. Zinc requirements and the risks and benefits of zinc supplementation

    12. Iron deficiency: global prevalence and consequences

    13. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    14. Treatment of Zinc deficiency without zinc fortification

    15. Optimization of a phytase-containing micronutrient powder with low amounts of highly bioavailable iron for in-home fortification of complementary foods

    16. Mix-Me micronutrient powder to treat Iron and Zinc deficiency

    17. Dietary Aspergillus niger phytase increases iron absorption in humans

    18. Global Anemia Stats: WHO

    19. Micronutrient deficiency stats

    20. The Epidemiology of Global Micronutrient Deficiencies

    21. Overview of Zinc Absorption and Excretion in the Human Gastrointestinal Tract
    22. Zinc and its importance for human health: An integrative review