Iron is a mineral that is vital to your health. All the cells in your body contain iron but most of the iron in your body is in your red blood cells.
Red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to the organs and tissues throughout your body. Iron plays a role in creating energy from nutrients. It also contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses – the signals that coordinate the actions of different parts of your body. If you have more iron than is needed, it’s stored in your body for future use.
Iron is important in making red blood cells and a lack of iron can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.
The symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia include:
You can get the iron you need from your daily diet or in the form of supplements.
The amount of iron that you need is:
Good sources of iron include:
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