Iron

Iron

Iron

Formal Name: Ferrous Carbonate Anhydrous
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) 0.27 – 11 mg/day
  • Children: (1 to 13 Years) 7 – 10 mg/day
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) 11 – 15 mg/day
  • Adults: (19 and older) 8-18 mg/day
  • Lactating Women: 9 – 10 mg/day
  • Pregnant Women: 27 mg/day

Notes: mg stands for milligrams.

Additional Information

Iron is a vital mineral of the human body. It comes in two dietary forms, heme iron which comes from hemoglobin and myoglobin of animal tissue and non-heme iron which is present in plant foods and dairy. Iron’s largest influence involves the body’s ability to transport oxygen in red blood cells. About 60-70% of iron within the body is located in hemoglobin. Iron is also present within liver, spleen and bone marrow storage sites.

Bodily Functions That Iron Assists In

Iron is necessary for the production of hemoglobin. Red blood cells are able to transport oxygen due to the presence of iron in the hemoglobin. A similar protein called myoglobin, that also transports oxygen, requires iron to function properly. Iron also contributes to the enzyme process when producing usable energy and contributes to a healthy immune system.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Nutritional anemia
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Paleness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Reduced energy level
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Reduced sexual drive
Foods High In Iron

The richest sources of iron include whole grain cereals, variety of fishes, lean red meat, liver, eggs, and dried beans. Other sources are fruits such as watermelon, raisins, dried dates and leafy green vegetables such as cauliflower greens, and turnip greens.

Ailments That Iron Helps Against:
  • Treats iron deficiency anemia
  • Helps prevent immunodeficiency
  • Prevents insomnia
  • Contributes to energy level
  • Aids in treatment of restless leg syndrome
  • Helps treat stomach ulcers
Side Effects/Toxicity

Ingestion of large doses of iron can result in poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, shock, intestinal tract damage, liver failure, headaches, shortness of breath and can lead to death.

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