Also known as
Iron, Ferrous sulfate
Iron is an essential mineral and nutrient required by the human body for proper functioning. It is essential in that it must be derived from food, and cannot be synthesized by the body. Iron has numerous documented uses, and is essential for the biosynthesis of hemoglobin, the red blood cell protein that transports oxygen to body tissues. Iron is also necessary for growth, development, normal cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue. A deficiency of iron is known as anemia, and can occur in those who are malnourished or who do not consume adequate amounts of foods that contain iron. Red meats, and green leafy vegetables are rich sources of it, as are some seeds, such as cacao or poppy seed.
Ferrous sulfate contains approximately 11.5% iron by weight.
Recommended amount per dose is 100-200 mg per day. Pregnant women need approximately 2-3x the recommended amount of iron to meet the RDA.
Iron is an essential dietary mineral and is of vital importance when it comes to growth, heart health, oxygenation, and more. Iron is commonly found in the food world, however it can be found abundantly in red meat, oysters, lentils, beans, poultry, fish, leaf vegetables, watercress, tofu, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and blackstrap molasses. Bread and breakfast cereals are sometimes specifically fortified with iron as well. Deficiency is rare, but should be looked into for those on vegetarian, vegan, or restrictive diets. Supplementation is highly recommended for pregnancy or during intensive anabolic activity.
Overdoses of iron can be harmful and even fatal. Do not consume without knowing an accurate dosage. Do not consume more than advised by your health professional. A milligram scale is highly recommended.
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