An essential nutrient because it is part of blood cells, which carry oxygen to all body cells. It also makes up part of many proteins and enzymes in the body.

Overconsumption Syptoms
It is unlikely that iron toxicity can develop from an increased dietary intake of iron alone. Iron supplements can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dark-colored stools and abdominal pain.

Initial symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are fatigue and lack of energy. Dizziness, weight loss, and lowered immunity can also occur.

Oysters, liver, lean red meat, poultry (dark red meat), tuna, salmon, iron fortified cereals, dried beans, whole grains, eggs (especially egg yolks), dried fruits, dark leafy green vegetables.

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This brief and partial description is provided for information purposes only. Vitamin and mineral descriptions may not list all symptoms of overconsumption or deficiency. Please consult your doctor for more information. Source: MedlinePlus, Mayo Clinic