Iron, a primary body nutrient, is the 12th element in relative proportion in the human body with the following uses:
1. Assists in the formation of red blood cells
2. Transporter of oxygen to every cell
3. Iron also assists the memory and concentration
4. Helps build resistance to infection, stress, and disease.
Iron deficiency is the most common single nutrient deficiency in the developed world.
Leads to a general run-down feeling, anemia, headaches, acute infections, colds, flu, dizziness and shortness of breath during periods of exertion
It is the most common cause of anaemia and is often called the world’s most common disease.
Nutritional studies continue to find iron deficiency common in menstruating women and dietary need is known to be increased in pregnancy.
Iron deficiency is associated with diminished work capacity.
Lack of iron can lead to a general run-down feeling, anemia, headaches, acute infections, colds, flu, dizziness and shortness of breath during periods of exertion.
Iron is stored in many cells including muscle fibers, liver, brain and bone marrow and to a lesser extent, the red blood cells. A low hemoglobin level detected in the blood test is a sure sign that iron loss has been going on for a long time and indicates advanced iron depletion throughout the body.
IRON FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY
Iron is vital in the functioning of the immune system because of its place in the formation and functioning of ATP, steroids, the thyroid gland, hemoglobin and myglobin, the liver and the formation of 90 enzymes in the body.