Iron is probably the most important of the trace elements. It is needed to create healthy red blood cells, maintain the immune system, regulate and produce many of the brains neurotransmitters, and to make Collagen. It is absolutely vital to the body for respiration. Also the performance of the heart muscle requires Iron. Most of the body's Iron, about 70%, is found in haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. 5% is in Myoglobin, the protein that transfers oxygen to the muscles. The remainder is either dispersed throughout the body's cells or stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow.
Essential to the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood
Acts as an antioxidant
Helps the body use Calcium
Especially required by menstruating women, infants, adolescents, the elderly, vegans and during pregnancy
Needed to create healthy red blood cells
Helps to maintain the immune system
Regulates many of the brains neurotransmitters