Iron is a mineral that is essential for the production of hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen throughout the body. It also plays a key role in supporting the immune system. Iron also helps maintain our energy levels and regulate body temperature.

What does the body use iron for?

Iron is an essential mineral that helps us carry oxygen in the body with the help of the protein hemoglobin. Hemoglobin represents about ⅔ iron in the body. In addition to oxygen transfer throughout the body, it helps maintain many vital functions, affects body temperature regulation and supports the immune system. Consumption of vitamin C, which improves iron absorption, is recommended. On the other hand, dairy products reduce its absorption. Iron can be found in red meat, cereals, dried fruits, beets, beans, dark chocolate and red wine. Iron deficiency causes anemia, fatigue, affects the functions of the brain and immune system, impairs the ability to fight infections, hair loss, nail damage.
If you do not have enough iron, you may feel tired and may be more prone to infections. Iron deficiency can even lead to anemia, which causes pale skin, poor breathing and palpitations.

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