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Iron

At Evergreen Healthfoods, we stock a wide range of iron supplements available in many forms including tablets, capsules, liquids and powders.

What is Iron?

Iron is an important mineral found in every cell in the body and needs to be consumed through the diet. Iron plays many important roles in the body, most notably it is needed to make haemoglobin, a part of blood cells. Haemoglobin is important as it helps carry oxygen around the body.

What happens if I have too much or too little iron in my diet?

Although iron can be stored in the body, low levels of iron over a long period can lead to a deficiency in iron. Iron deficiency causes anaemia, which can cause a lack in energy, weight loss and headaches. Women, long distance runners and those who frequently donate blood are most at risk of an iron deficiency. Babies and young children are also at risk for iron deficiency if they do get the right foods. Too much iron can also cause problems for the body, including hemochromatosis, an inherited disease which causes a build-up of iron.

What are good sources of Iron?

It is found in many food sources including dried beans and fruits, red meat, liver and iron-fortified foods.