Iron deficiency causes the disturbance in the formation of hemoglobin and defective maturation of the red blood cells, also referred to as anemia. This problem is mainly prevalent in young children, pregnant mothers and women.
Iron is needed to make hemoglobin in our blood. Without the hemoglobin in our red blood cells, oxygen cannot be transported in our body. Without iron, our body cannot make hemoglobin and without hemoglobin in our body cannot function properly.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency or anemia are given below:
- Extreme exhaustion and fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Pale eyes, nails and skin
As iron deficiency has severe consequences in our body, it is important that we consume plenty of food that contains iron, folic acid, vitamin C and Vitamin B12. These vitamins are found abundantly in green leafy vegetables, meat, egg, cereal, beans, prune juice, raisins, apricots and peas. Vitamin C is also very helpful in absorbing iron in our body.
Although iron supplements may help prevent iron deficiency in our body it can cause your stool to darken, constipation and heart burn. So, it is better to consume iron through available foods.
But the simplest way to ensure that iron is prevalent in your body by eating a healthy balanced diet. You should be consuming sufficient protein rich foods, fruits, green vegetables and carbohydrates to ensure a balance of iron in your diet.