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Not having enough iron can lead to anemia. The most common symptoms of anemia are weakness and fatigue -- one reason people who are iron-deficient get tired easily is because their cells don't get enough oxygen. Pregnant women, young women during their reproductive years, and children tend to be at the highest risk of iron deficiency. Anemia may be mild, moderate, or severe. It can be caused by blood loss such as that from a bleeding ulcer, menstruation, severe trauma, surgery, or a malignant tumor. It can also be caused by an iron-poor diet, not absorbing enough dietary iron, pregnancy, and the rapid growth that takes place during infancy, early childhood, and adolescence.
Etymology: AS, iren
a common metallic element essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin. Its atomic number is 26; its atomic mass is 55.85. Iron salts and complexes, including ferrocholinate, ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, ferrous sulfate, and iron dextran, are used to treat iron-deficiency anemias.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.
n an essential mineral and element (Fe) found in leafy greens, meat, beans, peas, blackstrap molasses, and enriched breads and cereals; used as a supplement to relieve conditions associated with dietary deficiency and to enhance athletic performance. Excessive iron supplementation may also increase risk of cardiovascular conditions.
Jonas: Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier.
Originally posted by Pajjikor
Seriously go ask your doctor if your body needs iron, then tell me if you still want to eat your cereal. He/she will tell you what I told in my last post. If you won't trust your doctor, who will you trust.