- What is Iron?
Iron is an important mineral, and it is crucial to our immune system. It forms part of haemoglobin and helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Deficiency of iron is the principal cause of anaemia.
- What are the Sources of Iron?
‘Soybeans, white beans, pumpkin, blackstrap molasses, beef, lentils, spinach, chickpeas and meat’ are good sources of iron.
- How much Iron should I take?
It is recommended that children are given 10 mg of iron per day whereas adults take 8 to 11 mg per day. In case of women, it can range from 8 to 18 mg of iron per day based on their age and pregnant women are advised to consume 27 mg of iron per day.
- What can happen if I Dont take Iron?
Deficiency of iron in the food we take can result in tiredness, difficulty maintaining body temperature, Glossitis, decreased immunity and in infants, it can delay normal movement.
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