Iron is an essential nutrient for your body, which you can get from your food. Your body needs iron for mental and physical health and to keep energy levels up.
Our red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. Iron is also required to maintain a healthy immune system to help fight off infections.
Iron deficiency is a common problem in New Zealand and around the world. Once identified, iron deficiency can often be remedied.
If you are not feeling like you and tiredness has taken over, it’s important to see your healthcare professional. To understand your fatigue or other symptoms better, your doctor may ask you to have a blood test. If your doctor then diagnoses you with iron deficiency, they will recommend the best treatment for you.