Iron is an important mineral which enters into the vital activity of the blood and glands. Iron exists chiefly as hemoglobin in the blood. It distributes the oxygen inhaled in to the lungs to all the cells. It is master mineral which creates warmth, vitality, and stamina. It is required for healthy complexion and for building up resistant in the body.
The chief sources of iron are grapes, raisins, spinach, all green vegetables, whole grain, cereals, dried beans, dark colored fruits, beets, dates liver, and egg yolk. Indian Council of Medical Research has recommended and allowance of 20 to 30 milligram of iron in a balanced diet for an adult. Iron deficiency is generally caused by severe blood loss, malnutrition, infections and by excessive use of drugs and chemicals. Deficiency of dietary iron causes nutritional-anaemia, lowered resistance to disease, a general rundown condition, pale complexion, shortness of breath on manual exertion and loss of interest in sex.
Iron is the classic remedy for anaemia however, there are several forms of anaemia and iron deficiency anaemia is only one. If one is taking iron pills due to insufficient intake of iron in the normal diet, one should also take at least 400 milligrams of folic acid or folate everyday along with 10 to 25 milligram of vitamin B12. Both these vitamins are essential in building healthy food cells.