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What are the health benefits of iron?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
The following are health benefits of iron:
  • Needed for function of hemoglobin in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscle cells ferry oxygen throughout the body
  • Prevents anemia
  • Needed for chemical reactions in body and for making amino acids, collagen, neurotransmitters, and hormones

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