Iron is an essential mineral found in the body. Iron plays a central role in many biochemical processes in the body. These include oxygen transport and storage, assisting with immunity and contributing to enzyme systems1. Read on to find out the role of iron in the human body.
Iron helps oxygenate the bloodThe key function of iron is to facilitate oxygen transport by haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment of the erythrocytes (red blood cells)1. It is also involved in oxygen storage by myoglobin, an iron-containing protein that transports and stores oxygen within muscle and releases it to meet increased metabolic demands during muscle contraction.
Iron helps convert blood sugar to energyOur bodies need iron to convert blood sugar to energy. It helps boost haemoglobin production and thus increases the transport of oxygen to help alleviate fatigue and tiredness. Also, the creation of enzymes (which play a vital role in the production of new cells, amino acids, hormones and neurotransmitters) also depends on iron. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a regular person with a 9-5 desk job, your body needs iron to perform at its physical and mental best.
Iron boosts the immune systemIron is vital for the proliferation of all cells including those of the immune system. Having an adequate amount of iron in your system will help your immune system to function helping you to support and maintain good health.
Iron aids cognitive functionIron deficiency can contribute to impaired cognitive function2.
Iron supports healthy skin, hair and nailsIron supports enzyme systems that are involved in the synthesis of collagen and elastin. It helps the hair to become vibrant and shiny and it also helps prevent the nails from becoming brittle and dry by keeping them strong and moist..
Our bodies don’t produce iron by themselves and also lose it through a number of ways including menstruation, urination, defecation, sweat and the exfoliation of dead skin cells. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. This means we need to consume sufficient amounts of it as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Spatone® may help aid in the maintenance of healthy iron levels where dietary intake is insufficient...
Always read the label and use only as directed. Iron supplementation may be of assistance where dietary iron intake is inadequate.
1 Braun, L and Cohen, M; Herbs & Natural Supplements, an evidence based guide, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, 2007, Iron Monograph (pages 434-442)
2 NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council), Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, Iron, 2005.