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What is iron?

Iron is a ferrometalic mineral that is part of the hemoglobin molecule in the red blood cell. This is the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the tissues. If you do not get enough iron in your diet, you may develop iron-deficiency anemia. Iron supplements (such as ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, and ferrous fumarate) and are used to treat this anemia.

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