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Iron is an essential mineral that is a component of haemoglobin, which in turn helps red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Natural sources of iron include liver, meat, legumes, wholegrains, dried fruits, fortified cereals and most dark-green leafy vegetables.

Although iron deficiency is rare, a lack of iron can lead to iron deficiency anaemia. Symptoms of which can include tiredness, shortness of breath, pale skin and heart palpitations. Other symptoms include headaches, tinnitus, an itchy feeling, sore tongue, hair loss, eating non-food items and restless leg syndrome.

If you believe you might have iron deficiency anaemia, you should see your healthcare professional, who will likely perform a blood test in order to diagnose you. They might recommend supplements for you, and if so, it’s important you stick to the recommended dose in order as an excess of iron can be equally as dangerous.

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