12 essential vitamins that your body needs

Iron is an essential mineral that our body needs to function properly. Iron plays a key role in building haemoglobin, a protein that’s found in red blood cells. Haemoglobin carries oxygen around the body and it makes up around two-thirds of all iron in our bodies.

If we don’t have enough iron, our bodies can’t get enough oxygen, and we’ll feel tired and lethargic. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world, and this can develop into the more serious iron deficiency, anaemia.

Our bodies can’t produce iron, so we have to get it through our diet. There are two different types of dietary iron – heme and non-heme. Heme iron can be found in animal products like red meat and organ meat, seafood including halibut, haddock, clams, oysters, mussels, and eggs.

On the other hand, non-heme iron is found in plants, like dried fruits, dark green leafy veg, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, beans, pulses, and fortified breakfast cereals. Because non-heme iron foods usually contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vitamins, they can also help boost our immune system.

To find out more about iron and the differences between heme and non-heme iron, have a read of our article, Iron: what it is, why it’s important & how to make sure you’re getting enough in your diet.

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