IRON- Invaluable Mineral in the Body…

Iron is undeniable essential mineral in the body. It is required for the production of red blood cells in the body which is needed for the transportation of the oxygen around the body. It is also important in growth and development of a child.

Causes of iron deficiency are: increase in body demand as in pregnancy, blood loss as in heavy menstrual flow, inadequate intake of iron etc

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH IRON IN THE BODY?

When you are deficient in iron, you will possibly have the following symptoms:
Weakness
Light headedness
Pale skin
Brittle nails (easy to break, soft or thin nails)
Pica- This is when you have desire to eat inedible things like pencil, pen, clothes, foam etc
Cold sensitivity
Shortness of breath
Impaired immune function
Breathing difficulty
Hair loss

FOOD RICH IN IRON


Beans

Red meat

Spinach

Okro

Egg and poultry meat

Animal liver

Soybeans

Oyster

Other examples of iron rich food.