Diet and Iron
Lack of iron in the diet can lead to anemia, a condition in which the blood does not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen. Young women, in particular, can be at risk of developing iron deficiencies and anemia. Good sources of iron are lean red meats, iron-fortified cereals and green leafy vegetables.
A few simple signs can point toward an iron deficiency. For example, if the creases in the hand look pale when the hand is extended and bent backward slightly, or if the inner eye lid is pale in color, an iron deficiency may be present.
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This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.