Iron

Iron deficiency is a result of the increased need of the body for iron, or the decrease of the amount of iron that the body takes in. It is one of the leading causes of anaemia.  Our body needs iron for many processes including the distribution of oxygen from the lungs to the different parts of the body. Symptoms of iron deficiency Effects of iron deficiency Iron deficiency treatment How to get more iron

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Symptoms of iron deficiency

  • Fatigue in adults
  • Decreased performance in many activities
  • Slow cognitive development, especially for children
  • Inconsistent body temperature
  • Low immune system
  • Inflammation of the tongue

Effects of iron deficiency

Iron deficiency can delay the motor function of infants and affect the mental function of teens. It causes fatigue that hinders physical work for adults.

Iron deficiency treatment

Iron deficiency is diagnosed through a blood test. As a remedy, iron supplements are often recommended, as well as dietary changes.

How to get more iron

The following foods are rich in iron:
  • Dark green leafy vegetables.
  • Peas
  • Dried fruit
  • Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
  • Pork
  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Beans
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