Iron Overview

What is Iron?

Iron is a mineral that is part of a normal diet. Iron is required for red blood cells and iron deficiency can cause anemia (iron deficiency anemia). Women are particularly at risk of iron deficiency (and anemia) due to iron loss in menstrual blood. Iron deficiency can also occur due to blood loss (e.g. trauma; internal bleeding) or various types of Malabsorption Syndrome. There are various other causes of anemia. Iron supplements can be used for iron deficiency, and iron is often part of general mineral supplements or multivitamins. Vitamin C is also helpful in increasing the uptake of iron within the digestive system. High levels of iron can also be harmful to the body, particularly in disorders such as Hemochromatosis. Also possible is Iron Overdose (Iron Toxicity), which may occur from excessive supplementation.

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