Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Iron (Important for pregnant woman)


Iron is an important nutrient to maintain a good health. It is needed to form enough red blood cells (hemoglobin) in our body. Iron is a part of the hemoglobin, which carries oxygen needed by the cells to produce energy and also for body development. Consuming a good diet helps us to maintain iron level in our body and any excess of iron will be stored as a reserved. The reserved will be used whenever there are alack of iron in our diet.

The problem occurs when the reserved are depleted in our body. This means red blood cells are affected and unable to carries enough oxygen needed by our body resulting to the development of iron deficiency anemia.

The symptoms:

  • feeling tired
  • hard to breath
  • pale skin
  • weak
  • faint
Natural source of Iron:

  • Red Meat such as beef and lamb
  • Green Vegetables such broccoli, spinach and watercress.
  • Dried fruits and Soya flour

-->Iron in meat is easily absorbed. In order to increase the absorption of iron especially from plant food, it is advisable to take enough Vitamin C (fruits).

--->Any other supplement food of iron should be taken based on the correct dose. (According to doctors advice)<---

Iron is very important for:

  • Growing children
  • Woman experiencing heavily period
  • Blood loss
  • Pregnant woman (need enough red blood cells to provide oxygen for the mother and the growing babies)


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