Health: Importance of Iron

Importance of Iron

Iron is a trace mineral, most commonly found in haemoglobin (globular protein) which is made up of 4 polypeptide chains with the haem holding the iron. The key functions of iron include carrying oxygen for iron absorption and producing lymphocytes (when there is an attack on the immune system). Proper function allows us to have normal production and function of the cells in our body. The daily intake of iron needed is: 8 mg daily for men (adults 19-50 years), 18 mg for women, 27 mg for pregnancy and 9 mg for lactation according to the RDA (Recommended dietary allowance).

Sources of iron come in two forms – haem iron (from animals) and non-haem iron (from plants). It can be found in meat, fish, poultry, legumes and egg (haem iron) and wholegrain, enriched and fortified breads and cereals, dark greens (broccoli) and dried fruits (sultanas) (non- haem iron).

A lack of iron causes anaemia is a very common nutritional disorder affecting all ages, but women who are menstruating or undergoing pregnancy, infants and young children are at a higher risk. When this happens, severe depletion of iron stores results in low haemoglobin concentration. An anaemic red blood cells will be smaller (microcytic) and paler (hypochromic). However, toxicity may occur if consumed in excess dosage, symptoms will include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

It is always better to consume food that is rich in iron such as dark green leafy vegetables and beans.


Best iron source to improve Premenstrual Syndrome

Japanese management nutrition experts said that women are mostly affected by hormones (physical and mental effects) during menstruation. Many women suffer from “Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)” after ovulation and before the menstruation period. The symptoms include uncomfortable symptoms such as headache, edema, fatigue and others. It is suggested that a simple diet can help to improve the current situation.

Minami Wakako, a Japanese dietitian emphasized that the first thing to supplement is protein. Protein is one of the building blocks for producing hormones and can help maintain the hormonal balance. Insufficient protein may directly lead to various discomforts in the body. Therefore, it is important to supplement the necessary amount of protein every day. Yoshihiro Imazu, the director of Shiba Gate Imazu Clinic in Japan and a physician, also said that protein is an important raw material for the production of female hormones, so it is recommended to take protein-rich foods during menstruation.

The next key ingredient is iron. Minami Wakako pointed out that women are prone to iron deficiency and fatigue due to menstruation. This is because iron is an indispensable component of hematopoiesis and helps the body transport oxygen. Therefore, it is recommended to supplement some iron-rich foods, such as pineapple, spinach, shellfish, soy products, fish, meat, etc. Yoshihiro Imazu also believes that proper iron supplementation during menstruation can help prevent anemia, and is a highly recommended menstrual diet. Girls can eat like this!

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