Importance of Iron to the Body System

By Dickson Osas

Iron is one of the most critical mineral components for the body. Iron is primarily found in the red blood cell (RBC), particularly in hemoglobin. Iron helps move oxygen and carbon (iv) oxide around the body. Not only serves as a transporter, but the essential component also serves many other functions in the body system.

Supplements containing Iron are fond of being used in treating sicknesses like Anemia, most especially Anemia caused by iron deficiency.

This is because healthy individuals abstract Iron from their daily diets, while iron deficiency patients need to get their required Iron from drugs or other supplements. Iron deficiency ailment is mainly found in about 5.5% of females and 2.5% of males of the entire world population.

Supplemental Iron can alleviate learning assimilation challenges, health disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), canker sores, and many other conditions. Iron may also cure various problems in children, such as growth deficit, heart disease, depression, barrenness, and many more.

Essential uses of Iron in the body

Iron has a lot of importance for the body Drug or supplements are better prescribed by a physician or nutritionist who knows their niche very well. 

Treatment of Anemia

Although many conditions can lead to Anemia, iron deficiency is the most common. It is mainly brought on by a persistent decline in iron levels in RBC. To treat any Anemia, an iron supplement is usually used, which raises the level of Iron in the RBC.

Treat of Fatigue

Iron has been known to play a significant role in managing fatigue, especially in people with Anemia and low storage of Iron in their bodies. A low level of iron storage is primarily found in women during childbearing and menstruation.

Enhancement for Athletes

Iron is essential in the movement of oxygen in the body. Therefore, for adequate performance, athletes ingest iron supplements which might be inadequate in food eaten, to enhance their physical performance.

Many sportspeople who engage in physical activities like hiking, long-distance race, and cycling lose more Iron than the rest. Also, women and vegans athletes tend to lose even more Iron regularly. 

Treatment of Leg restless syndrome

A situation where people can’t just do without moving their legs, mostly at sunset, is called Leg restless syndrome. This disorder has been associated with a low iron supply to the body system, especially to the legs. Iron supplements can help treat this ailment.

Treat for drop-in Cognitive level

A lack of Iron in the body system has been linked to a loss in cognition—a drop in iron results in decreased attention and focus. Iron supplements can assist in restoring ordinary focus and concentration.

Common signs of decreased level of Iron in the body

  • exhaustion
  •  poor concentration capacity
  • increased sickness frequency
  •  having difficulty controlling body temperature or feeling cold frequently
  •  Heavy heartbeats 
  •  migraines
  •  continuous itching of the body
  •  alterations in the flavor of food
  •  hair loss
  •  high appetite for dirty things
  •  Very irritating opening around the mouth region
  •  fingernails shaped like spoons
  •  a strong desire to get your legs moving

People who need Iron Supplements the most

Although Iron is important for everyone, there are still some people who are particular in need of Iron in dose. The list of classes or groups that need Iron the most are following:

Expecting mothers: Expecting mothers are in severe need of Iron to help them function well during pregnancy. They need up to 25mg of Iron daily to perform well.

Young children (age 0 – 15): Children from 7 months to about 1 year will need about 9 to 11mg of iron daily.
Folks experiencing Heavy menstrual period: During the menstrual period, more blood is needed to be transported around the body; Iron will be required to produce more hemoglobin for proper body functioning. 

Active and regular Blood donors: 

  • Regular blood donors will need to recover from the loss of blood donated quickly; to get more blood, Iron will be required to produce more PRBC. 
  • Cancer patients
  • Individuals suffering from gastrointestinal-related illnesses 
  • People who have had gastric surgery
  • Persons suffering from heart failure
  • People on iron-reducing drugs, which are often used to lower stomach acid
  • Those who routinely engage in intensive activity
  • Those who eat a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • Those suffering from hemoglobin abnormalities 
  • Persons who are alcoholics