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Iron is an important component of the blood pigment haemoglobin and the muscle pigment. One of iron's most important factors is its role in transporting oxygen in the blood.

Function & Details

The daily requirement for an adult man is about 10 mg of iron. Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, signs of weakness and a drop in performance, physical as well as mental.

Women pre-menopause often suffer from iron deficiency as a result of menstruation. In order to counteract this, they should take some additional 15 mg of iron per day. Furthermore, women also lose around 1,000 mg of iron during childbirth. Surgery or injuries also lead to a higher need for iron. By taking Vitamin C at the same time, the absorption of iron is significantly increased. Iron can be found in particularly high concentration in foods such as meat, pulses and whole-grain bread. Simultaneous consumption of dairy products, coffee or black tea, however, inhibits the absorption of iron.

Even though iron is important for humans, too much iron may have a toxic effect on the body. A surplus of iron increases the susceptibility to certain contagious diseases, and presents a risk of higher susceptibility to and mortality from tuberculosis.

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