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Iron (Fe) Information

Iron is an essential mineral. It's essential to most life forms and to normal human physiology. It's the most easily deficiency nutritions.

There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells and carbon dioxide. Heme iron is found in animal foods. Nonheme iron is derived from cytochrome, which deliver electron to help body to get energy. Nonheme is found in vegetables and fruits. Heme iron is absorbed better than nonheme iron, but most dietary iron is nonheme iron.

Benefits to our body

Iron deficiency anaemia responds to supplementary intake of iron. It is necessary for the production hemoglobin to carry oxygen in the blood, and in myoglobin in muscle. Iron aids growth, prevents fatigue, helps with resistance to disease, and helps with good skin tone.

Food Resource

Heme iron is found in animal foods such as red meats, fish, poultry, port liver, beef liver, beef heart, the egg yolk and oyster. Nonheme iron id found in vegetables and fruits such as asparagus, oats, drupes, strawberries, farina and beans.


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