Iron is an essential mineral that is needed to help transport oxygen throughout the body. It is found in every cell of the body and is an important component of hemoglobin in red blood cells. Without sufficient iron, the body cannot make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This may result in fatigue or exhaustion, which can affect many functions in the body.
A lack of red blood cells results in “Iron Deficiency Anemia”. Exhaustion from insufficient iron that results in less than normal amounts of oxygen in the body can affect everything from brain function to the immune system’s ability to fight off infections. Iron deficiency in pregnant women may increase the baby’s risk of being born too early or smaller than normal.
Iron has other important functions too. It is necessary to maintain healthy cells in skin, hair and nails.
Those who may need more iron are:
Pregnant or breast-feeding women.
Fatigue, pale skin, difficulty exercising