The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified iron as a critical component of human health.
“Iron is a mineral, which means that it has the ability to absorb and transmit chemical signals,” said WHO spokesperson Marie-Louise Naudet.
Iron in the body plays a vital role in the absorption of nutrients from food, the production of antibodies, and the transmission of certain types of cancer cells, she said.
However, in recent years, the body’s ability to convert iron to non-bioavailable forms of iron has decreased, and research has suggested this is linked to an increased risk of cancer.
The WHO says a lack of iron in the diet is associated with:A higher risk of colorectal cancer, which kills 1 in 10,000 peopleA lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which can kill around 10% of peopleA higher incidence of osteoporosis and osteopenia, which cause bone loss, loss of bone density and bone lossA higher rate of type 2 diabetes, which affects around one in 10 adults worldwide.
Dr Naudette said the research was preliminary and there was still much work to be done.
“We still need to look at the potential benefits of iron-rich foods and supplements in humans,” she said, but “one thing that is clear is that iron-fortified foods are beneficial, especially for people who are overweight or obese”.
“For example, we know that iron improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity.
Iron also protects the brain and nervous system against infection and infections, and helps protect against brain cancer.”
People should eat a variety of foods that contain iron.
“She said the WHO had a few recommendations on how to eat more iron, including eating more iron-containing foods, getting more calcium from your diet, drinking more water and limiting red meat and processed foods to one a day.”
So far, the evidence shows that these recommendations are not only good for your health, but are also beneficial for your body and overall health,” Dr Naudett said.”
And we should all be focusing on all the good things that iron can do.””
The world is looking at how to use iron to achieve more health benefits and not just just just for weight loss,” she added.”
Iron can be used to support your brain, your nervous system, your immune system, and to boost your immune systems and make you more resilient.
“The WHO recommends people aim for 50 mg (one gram) of iron a day for women and 100 mg (four grams) for men.
For more information about the World Health Organisation’s guidelines, visit the WHO website.
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