Iron - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
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What is Iron?
Iron, a trace mineral, supplies energy to every cell in the body. It is a key component of hemoglobin, the blood's oxygen-carrying pigment. Iron is also found in myoglobin, which supplies oxygen to muscles, and in compounds that keep the immune system strong. Iron is the mineral found in the largest amounts in the blood.
Uses and Benefits of Iron
Other possible uses in body: growth, reproduction, teeth, skeletal, liver, lipids, cholesterol. Vitamin E and zinc, taken in large doses, interfere with the absorption of iron. Caffeine from coffee, tea or soft drinks interferes with the absorption of iron. Excessive phosphorus consumption in people who eat lots of canned food or in people who drink many soft drinks may block absorption. Excessive sweating, or rapid food transit time through the intestines can reduce iron. Low iron builds high lead and visa versa. Lead interferes with hemoglobin formation and can create iron deficiency anemia.
Recommended Dosage of Iron
The Recommended Daily Allowance for Iron are :-
Deficiency Symptoms of Iron
Toxicity: Taking too much iron can cause unhealthy iron deposits in the body, and can lead to the production of free radicals. The buildup of iron in the tissues has been associated with a rare disease known as hemochromatosis. Overdoses can cause bleeding from the stomach or intestines, a drop in blood pressure, liver damage, reduced resistance to infections, and could be fatal for young children.
Rich Food Sources of Iron
Fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables, nuts (including almonds, hazelnuts, etc.), oranges, grapes, bananas, kelp/dulse, raisins, figs, beets, carrots, tomato juice, asparagus, parsley, lima beans, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, broccoli, watercress, blackberries, whole grain products, root vegetables, watercress, spinach, raw broccoli, green peas, avocados, prunes, raisins, sesame and pumpkin seeds.
Toxic sources: industry, old plumbing pipes, water supplies, environmental sources, including air, cast-iron pots and pans.
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