Iron is an essential trace mineral.
Function/ Used for
Iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin which is present in red blood cells. Haemoglobin is being formed in the body all the time and is the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body.
Iron also contributes to normal energy metabolism, cognitive and immune function and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Iron can be found in many different types of food such as red meat, beans, and leafy green vegetables. However, it can be difficult to get enough iron from food alone, especially for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. Iron supplements may be necessary in these cases.