When it comes to eating well, many of us are guilty of merely counting calories and monitoring fat intake, but consuming enough vitamins and minerals is also imperative to our overall health. One of the most important minerals to be more mindful of is iron.
In order to truly appreciate the benefits of iron, it’s helpful to understand how exactly it works within our bodies. We sat down with Rebecca Ditkoff, RD, a New York-based registered dietitian and founder of Nutrition by RD, to gain some insight. “Iron is mainly known for its role in manufacturing hemoglobin (which is a protein in our red blood cells) and enables our red blood cells to transfer oxygen to the body’s tissues. It’s also known to help with metabolism, DNA synthesis, immunity, and healing,” Ditkoff says.
Excerpted from Real Simple