Iron Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

Iron is a mineral needed to help your body work the right way. It is found in each cell of the body and does many things. One of its most important jobs is to help the red blood cells in your blood carry oxygen to all of your tissues and body parts. If you do not have enough iron you will not have enough red blood cells. This is called iron-poor blood or anemia. Low iron in your blood and body is also called iron deficiency. Signs of low iron are always being tired and weak and looking pale. Your doctor will work with you to raise the level of iron in your blood. You may be told to eat foods with a higher level of iron. Your body will absorb iron from animal sources more easily than iron from plant sources. Your doctor may also give you drugs with iron in them.