Iron is a trace mineral which is essential for human health. Iron deficiency anemia, which is the condition most commonly associated with deficiency, was described by Egyptian physicisis as long ago as 1500 b.c.e. Iron is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to body tissues. It is also a component of myoglobin, a protein that provides extra fuel to muscles during exertion. Lack of iron deprives body tissues of oxygen and may cause iron deficiency anemia. The warning sings are fatigue, paleness, dizziness, sensitivity to cold, listlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and heat palpitations. Because iron strengthens immune function, iron deficiency also may increase susceptibility to infection. Women need more iron before menopause than after, because menstruation causes iron loss each month. On a doctor’s recommendation adults can augment their iron intake by means of a multinutrient supplement. Iron is required for muscle protein and is stored in the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and muscles. Efficient absorption of iron is highest in childhood, and reduces as we age. Our bodies need vitamin C in order to assimilate iron in an effective fashion.
There are caution in using iron: Excess iron can cause constipation, diarrhea, and, rarely, in high doses, death. Be very cautious when giving children iron supplements, even doses as little as 3g. can cause death.
Aids with; improves physical performance, anti carcinogenic, prevents learning problems in children, prevents and cures iron deficiency anemia, improves immunity, boosts energy levels, encourages restful sleep and maintains energy levels. Best sources are shellfish, brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, offal, cocoa powder, dried fruit, cereals.