Stored in hemoglobin (red blood cells); carries oxygen to body cells, and carries carbon dioxide out to be exhaled; crucial to proper muscle function, enzyme and protein makeup and energy metabolism. Two types of Iron: * Heme Iron - easily absorbable, found in meats. * Nonheme Iron - in vegetables, not as easily absorbed. Iron is dependent on Vitamin C to be absorbed.
It is found in liver, lean meats, poultry, oysters, tuna, salmon, molasses, dried beans and prunes, broccoli, beetroot, spinach, eggs, legumes, almonds, raisins and apricots.
Deficiency in children includes ADD, restlessness, disruptiveness, and lack of concentration. In adults - anemia, fatigue, weakness, headaches and apathy.