WHAT DOES IRON DO FOR THE BODY?
|What Does Iron Do For The Body||Darrell Miller||05/03/14|
May 03, 2014 05:33 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: What Does Iron Do For The Body
Heath benefits of iron to the body
Iron is a naturally occurring mineral found in numerous nutritious foods. Usually, our body requires it for a variety of functions such as proper growth and development. It hardly exist in the body system as free ionic and all of it present is either in the iron storage proteins or the hemoglobin, hence the need for the body to acquire from an external source, that is, food or otherwise serious health problems and complications may result. Food varieties such as meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables contain iron capable of maintaining its optimum level in the body system.
Health benefits of iron are numerous, they include-
A) Muscle function.
Iron is usually found in a muscle protein called the myoglobin and is very important for a good or proper muscle health. Myoglobin is responsible for the transportation and diffusion of oxygen from the hemoglobin to muscle cells, a process needed for muscle contraction.
B) Hemoglobin formation.
It is considered as the main health benefit of iron consumption since hemoglobin transports oxygen to all the other different parts of the body.
C) Iron deficiency anemia.
Iron is so vital to the body that in the case of very low levels, one develops anemia. It is also used to treat anemic conditions as well as associated symptoms like headaches, body weakness, fatigue and many more.
D) Brain function.
The human brain uses approximately 20% of the bloodstream oxygen, which is supplied to it by iron making it very necessary for proper brain health.
E) Strengthening immunity.
Iron also improves the body's immune system and therefore diseases cannot get in easily.
F) Body temperature regulation.
Being present in the hemoglobin, which gives the blood its dark red color, iron regulates the body temperature keeping it suitable for various enzymatic as well as metabolic reactions to occur efficiently.