Importance of Iron

Discover the importance of iron for the human body:

  • importance of ironIron is an essential nutrient, as it is found in every cell of the human body
  • 60% of the iron in our bodies is carried by the red blood cells, and the rest is found in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and muscles
  • It has many functions in the body, but the most important is that it delivers oxygen from the lungs to the cells, via haemoglobin in the blood
  • It also acts as an enzyme in the metabolic pathways that turn glucose into energy and has an important role to play in the immune system

Signs of iron deficiency

Fatigue, breathlessness, dizziness, brittle nails, sore tongue, cracks at the side of the mouth, pale skin, nails and gums, heavy periods, hair loss

Causes of iron deficiency

The body shows certain signs when it is deficient of iron. Causes of iron deficiency can be:

  • heavy menstrual blood loss,
  • lack of iron in the diet,
  • blood loss due to trauma or gastrointestinal bleeding,
  • increased blood volume in pregnancy.

Sources of dietary iron

There are two distinct forms of iron: heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron is only present in the animal flesh and we can absorb this better than non heme iron. This is present in plants and dairy products.

We can find iron in the following food sources:

Beef Peas Chickpeas Beans
Lamb Chard Spinach Tomato paste
Liver Curry powder Ginger Turmeric
Venison Basil Cinnamon Tofu
Seeds Green beans Parsley Kale
Dried apricots Broccoli Asparagus Shiitake mushrooms

Are you concerned about iron deficiency in you or your family or would you like to find out what nutritional therapy can do for you? Contact me on 07967 639347 or email emily@4wellpeople.co.uk.

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