Iron is an essential trace mineral, which is absorbed in the body by the small intestine. Sources of iron include meat, fish, poultry, beans, lentils, cereal and grain products. Many of us do not obtain enough iron in our diets, something which the UK's National Diet and Nutrition Survey highlights as being particularly problematic for women and girls.Function - Iron contributes to:
- Normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin and to normal oxygen transport in the body.
- Normal cognitive function
- Normal energy-yielding metabolism