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Nutrient - Iron

By Nutri People

75% of Iron exists in red blood cell haemoglobin, which carries oxygen for energy. Around 5% is stored in muscle myoglobin. Iron is also found in enzymes which carry oxygen inside the cells and in the body’s own antioxidant enzyme catalase. Iron is the most common nutrient deficiency, which causes anaemia. It is important for healthy immunity and concentration. Low stomach acid, phosphates, coffee, tannin in tea and antacids reduce absorption. Red meat iron (haem) is more absorbable than plant food iron (non-haem), so vegetarians / vegans may need extra. Vitamin C enhances non-haem iron absorption. Boiling depletes levels.


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