Iron

Iron (Fe)

  • Atomic Number- 26
  • RDA- About 1.8 mg for the average adult, but this amount may vary depending on the person.
  • Main Food Sources- Chicken, turkey, tuna, peas, raisins, and whole wheat bread.

Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells in your body.

Too much and Too Little

Iron Overload- May increase the risk of liver disease, cancer, and heart attacks.

Symptoms Include- joint pain, abdominal pain, and hair loss.


Iron Deficiency- May result in a decrease of hemoglobin levels.

Symptoms Include- Tiredness, weakness, rapid heartbeat, and appetite loss.

Ferrous Sulfate

Found at your local pharmacy. The average daily supplement is around $.10.

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