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  • Iron is an important dietary mineral that is involved in various bodily functions, including the transport of oxygen in the blood.
  • Dietary iron is found in both animal and plant products.
  • Certain foods and drinks affect how much iron your body absorbs.
  • Iron deficiency is when the stores of iron in your body are too low.
  • Common causes of iron deficiency include not getting enough iron in your diet, chronic blood loss, pregnancy and vigorous exercise.
  • Some people become iron deficient if they are unable to absorb iron.
  • Iron deficiency can be treated by adding iron-rich foods to the diet.
  • If you have iron deficiency anaemia, your GP (doctor) may recommend that you take iron supplements.
  • Keep iron supplements away from children – overdoses can be fatal in young children and infants.

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Reviewed on: 06-01-2022