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Iron is a mineral that produces hemoglobin, which transports oxygen and carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. It is primarily found in the hemoglobin of red blood cells and in the myoglobin of muscle cells. It can be taken in supplement form for preventing and treating low levels of iron and iron deficiency anemia. The average woman should ingest 10 to 15 milligrams of iron daily. Pregnant women should take double that, and women who are breast feeding should take 15 milligrams per day.

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According to WebMD, you can use iron for improving athletic performance, treating ADHD and treating canker sores. You can also use it for Crohn’s disease, depression, fatigue and the inability to get pregnant. Women often take iron supplements to make up for low iron lost in heavy menstrual periods.

Iron can be found in many different types of food, like pork, ham, chicken, fish, beans, beef, lamb and liver.

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