Iron is important for each person at each stage in life for various reasons. It helps maintain important body functions like making hemoglobin, the molecule in the blood which carries oxygen. Iron plays an important role in cognition, growth & development and mainly energy to lead a healthy life.
The iron present in any form of food one consumes is broken down by the cells in the gastrointestinal tract. But the body is able to absorb only small quantities of iron at a time. Iron is stored in the liver and released as needed to make new red blood cells in the bone marrow. Thus too few healthy red blood cells in the body causes anaemia which results in one feeling tired, fatigued, and lethargic. It is important to address this deficiency, especially in pregnant woman, as it could lead to fatal conditions for the unborn child.