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Anaemia in Women

Anaemia is one of the most common health problems in women worldwide.

Did you know that iron deficiency or Anaemia is one of the most common health problems in women worldwide? If you take a closer look at the role this mineral plays in the function of the human body you will begin to understand this statistic.

Prevalence in Women

A woman remains under the influence of her menstrual cycle all. The lining of the uterus breaks down in the first stage causing weakness. The loss of blood and stress may result in a temporary iron deficiency. Pregnant women face a similar situation though the hormones responsible are different. Their bodies require larger amounts of iron as the fetus grows.

The Role of Iron

Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin in the red blood cell which binds with oxygen to give the blood red color (oxyhemoglobin) we are accustomed to. It literally carries oxygen throughout your body in this manner.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

It’s not difficult to guess if a person is Anaemic so take measures to cure it the minute you realize you have it. As you might have guessed, insufficient iron leads to a reduction in the production of hemoglobin. Although oxygen is available, there is not enough hemoglobin for it to bind it. This leads to shortness of breath so you are unable to exert yourself much. As a result, your body loses its normal stamina and you’re constantly fatigued. Your heart has to work harder to pump blood so palpitations are common. Due to a lack of Oxyhemoglobin, your skin lacks its usual rosiness giving you a pale appearance.

Good Sources of Iron

There are two kinds of iron: animal and plant sourced iron. The iron you get from red meat and organ meats is more readily absorbed into your body. So you’ll have to work harder on your diet if you are a vegetarian. Iron rich foods include leafy green vegetables like spinach, brown rice, pulses, fortified grains, eggs and dried fruits. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron so adding citrus fruits will help prevent iron deficiency in your body.


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