Micro-nutrients: Iron

By: Nathan Sims

Role in the Human Body

Iron, which is in the red blood cells, combines with proteins to create hemoglobin which attracts the oxygen in the lungs. Then it combines to form oxy-hemoglobin which is carried around the body in the red blood cells. The oxygen is released from the cells whenever the body needs it for the conversion of carbohydrates into energy.

Iron Deficiency is Dangerous! Why?

Iron deficiency causes tiredness, lethargy, dizziness, lightheaded feelings, lack of concentration(which leads to deficiency in academics), and shortness of breath.

Iron in Your Diet!

Foods such as red meats, egg yolks, leafy vegetables, dried fruits, mollusks, turkey, chicken, beans, similar bean-like products, and artichokes contain tons of iron and are perfect for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.