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Sign You Have Iron Deficiency and What to Do About It

The Active Times Logo By Hristina Byrnes of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 25: Iron is a very important mineral found in every cell of the body, which is why lacking it can cause both small and lasting health problems.Lack of iron is the most common known form of nutritional deficiency. Its prevalence is highest among young children and women of childbearing age and pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.There are two types of iron – heme and non-heme. The body absorbs between 15 and 30 percent of heme iron, and only 2 to 20 percent of non-heme iron, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. That’s why you may be eating a lot of iron-rich foods and still not have enough of it.

Sign You Have Iron Deficiency and What to Do About It

Iron is a very important mineral found in every cell of the body, which is why lacking it can cause both small and lasting health problems.

Lack of iron is the most common known form of nutritional deficiency. Its prevalence is highest among young children and women of childbearing age and pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

There are two types of iron – heme and non-heme. The body absorbs between 15 and 30 percent of heme iron, and only 2 to 20 percent of non-heme iron, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. That’s why you may be eating a lot of iron-rich foods and still not have enough of it.

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