What are the health benefits from iron supplementation? what you need to know

IRON PREVENTS ANEMIA

Anemia is caused by a low production of red blood cells and hemoglobin, therefore low oxygen reaches cells throughout the body.

Anemia usually results in low energy levels but can also affect many parts of the body − from poor brain function to low immunity (or the inability to fight off illnesses).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately half of the 1.62 billion cases of anemia worldwide are due to iron deficiency.

Iron is needed for muscle movement

IRON SUPPORTS ENERGY LEVELS

Iron supports the energy by helping enough oxygen to reach cells. Iron also helps with the metabolic enzyme processes that the body carries out to digest proteins and absorb nutrients from food. This is why an iron deficiency causes exhaustion, trouble being active and many other symptoms of feeling sluggish.

Iron deficiency commonly shows up in symptoms like low concentration, mood changes and trouble with muscle coordination. Iron is needed for muscle movement because it helps store the oxygen in muscles that allows them to move and strengthen.

The brain needs iron

IRON HELPS MAINTAIN COGNITIVE FUNCTION

Iron is needed for supporting brain function because it carries oxygen to the brain; in fact, about 20 percent of all of the oxygen in the body is used by the brain.

Therefore, an iron deficiency can impair memory or other mental functions. In infants and children, a deficiency can cause psychomotor and cognitive abnormalities that have the potential to lead to learning difficulties.

Important for growth

IRON SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH

Iron deficiency can delay normal motor function − meaning the ability to connect thoughts with activities and movement − as well as mental functions like learning and processing new information.

Insufficient iron intakes during pregnancy increase a woman’s risk of iron deficiency-caused anemia

IRON IS NEEDED FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Iron deficiency during pregnacy increases the risk for a premature birth and also for the newborn being underweight. Sadly, premature born babies are known to have more health-related problems during their first years of life and may experience delayed growth and cognitive development.

All pregnant women are advised to eat plenty of iron-rich foods and to take supplements, because as the NIH warns, “Insufficient iron intakes during pregnancy increase a woman’s risk of iron deficiency-caused anemia. Low intakes also increase her infant’s risk of low birth weight, premature birth, low iron stores, and impaired cognitive and behavioral development.”

A study done by the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO found that taking iron supplements during pregnancy is associated with an 8.4 percent risk of having a low-birth weight newborn, compared to 10.2 percent risk when the mother does not supplement with iron.

The average birth weight in the WHO study was 31 g. higher in infants whose mothers took daily iron supplements during pregnancy, compared to the weight of infants of mothers who did not take iron.

Iron carries oxygen

IRON SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Iron is needed to properly digest and absorb other nutrients from food, due to its role in metabolic enzyme processed.

In addition, iron helps to bring enough oxygen to damaged areas of the body, including damaged tissues, organs and cells that are prone to infection or disease development.

Good balance of hormones

IRON HELPS MAINTAIN A POSITIVE MOOD

Neurotransmitter functions that support a positive mood rely on adequate levels of iron within the blood. Your mood relies on a balance of hormones — including serotonin, dopamine and other vital hormones — that cannot properly be synthesized in the brain when oxygen levels are low.

This is one reason why iron deficiency results in a poor mood, bad sleep, low energy levels and a lack of motivation. If you notice changes in your mood and feelings of mild depression or anxiety, an iron deficiency could possibly be a contributor.

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