No Iron Diet

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Definition

Iron is a mineral found in every cell of the body. Iron is considered an essential mineral because it is needed to make part of blood cells.


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Diet - iron


Function

The human body needs iron to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and myoglobin is found in muscles.

Iron also makes up part of many proteins in the body.


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