Iron

By: Rehan Khan

Iron

Role

Iron is essential not only for humans but also for most other organisms on Earth.


  • Iron is needed to produce red blood cells
  • Iron is used in hemoglobin to carry oxygen throughout the body
  • Iron is used by cytochromes in mitochondria to oxidize organic acids into CO2 and water

Consequences of insufficient levels of Iron

Lack of Iron could result in:

  • Depression
  • Fragile bones
  • Fatigue

Also many patients tend to develop a disease called Iron Deficiency Anemia. Anemia is when your body cannot make enough red blood cells. This may result in any of the symptoms listed above

Major Sources of Iron

  • Clams
  • Cereal
  • Oysters
  • Organ Meats such as liver
  • Soy Beans
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Spinach
  • Lentils