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Understanding the Importance of Iron Your Diet

Iron deficiency can affect your energy level and performance as well as your mood. Read on to learn more about the importance of iron.

Are you easily get tired and feeling exhausted all the time? Do you feel dizzy and irritated? If you are experiencing these, you might be lacking in iron, especially women who are trying to get conceived, athletes who train at high intensity and adult over 50, that would lead you to iron deficiency anemia.

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Iron is another mineral that your body needed. Getting a good amount of iron everyday is essential for your health. It serves as the oxygen delivery system throughout the body. When you lack sufficient supply of iron, your body might not function properly. And when it happens consistently, the risk of developing iron deficiency anemia increases.

Some of its symptoms include paleness, impaired immune system, slow mental functioning, shortness of breath and feeling weak and cold all the time. Blood loss, poor diet, low intake of vitamin C and heme iron as well as high intake of calcium are the most common causes why iron level decreases. Moreover, your body produce fewer red blood cells when you have chronic ailments and conditions such as cirrhosis, leukemia, cancer, multiple myeloma, kidney disease and hypothyroidism.

How does iron work in your body?

Iron is an essential mineral in your body. About 70 percent of it can be found in the hemoglobin (red blood cells) and myoglobin (muscle cells). Its main function is to assist the blood production and oxygen transportation in the blood to the tissues. Low supply of iron in your body can interrupt the production of hemoglobin—a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Without it, that oxygen in the blood cannot be transported from lungs to every cells and to other various parts of your body restricting your muscles and tissues to work properly. Moreover, it might be difficult to produce healthy red blood cells which give your body enough oxygen in order to prevent fatigue.

Apart from that, iron also supports other bodily functions such as converting food into energy, protecting immune system and maintaining cognitive function. Also, iron helps the body to produce new cells, hormones and proteins during extreme workout that make you tougher.