Iron deficiency is a common problem, especially for women. In fact, 5% of women between the ages of 20 and 49 have iron deficiency with anemia and 11% have iron deficiency without anemia.
A lack of iron and anemia can gradually starve the body of the oxygen resulting into extreme skin pallor, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fatigue. Since iron plays an important role in regulation of metabolism and synthesize some vital substances (e.g. DNA, white blood cells and the brain chemical), iron deficiency also damages our ability to think and weakens our resistance to infection. (more…)