Iron attaches to red blood cells and brings oxygen to the body and the brain. Without it, the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen to make energy.
Iron for the win
It helps red blood cell production (1), boosts energy (2), and supports attention span (3).
Pump it up
Iron deficiency rates are highest for young women, infants, and children under the age of two years old.
(1) Erythropoietin, iron metabolism, and red blood cell production, Semin Hematol, 1996 Apr;33(2 Suppl 2):5-7; discussion 8-9.
(2) Houston BL, Hurrie D, Graham J, et al, Efficacy of iron supplementation on fatigue and physical capacity in non-anaemic iron-deficient adults: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials, BMJ Open 2018;8:e019240. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019240.
(3) Iron deficiency and cognitive functions, Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., 2014; 10: 2087–2095, Published online 2014 Nov 10.