Component of hemoglobin. Transports Oxygen throughout the body.
Hemo (absorbs 10% to 15%)- animal products such as liver, beef, egg yolks
Non-hemo (absorbs 3% to 5%)- plant products such as broccoli, beans, peanuts
Foods that are rich sources of vitamin C aid Iron absorption.
Caffeine prevents absorption of Iron
Dairy products do not contain Iron
Small pale red blood cells - Iron deficient anemia
- Low blood hemoglobin values
- Sometimes in children is confused with ADD