Iron is a mineral nutrient that is essential for your body to function normally and to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is a protein that can be found in red blood cells and its primary function is to transport oxygen to the tissues in your body.
All tissues require oxygen to survive. Iron gives haemoglobin and therefore blood cells their red colour. We absorb iron by eating foods that contain iron.
A low iron level is called iron deficiency. Symptoms may include:
Low iron levels and anaemia can be caused by: