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Iron: The Essentials

(The Supermarket Guru) In the body, the majority of iron is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen; as well as in myoglobin, the protein that helps supply oxygen to muscle. The body also stores iron, which is regulated by intestinal iron absorption.
There are two types of dietary iron, heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from animal products, such as read meat, fish and poultry, and comes directly from hemoglobin. Heme iron is easily absorbed by the body, as it is in the exact structure that the body needs and does not need to undergo any changes once ingested. Nonheme iron on the other hand is found in plant food such as legumes (i.e. lentils), spinach, prunes and more…
Vitamin C aids in the absorption of nonheme iron, while calcium and tannins (found in coffee and tea) reduce absorption.
Community: We older folks have to be wary of too much iron, though. In our house, we now take a multivitamin that doesn’t have iron.
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