How Important Is Iron and Folic Acid For our Body Function?

Iron and folic acid play a key role in performing some important functions in the human body. Iron is an important mineral that is essential for proper development and growth of the human body. Iron aids in metabolizing proteins and it also plays the key role in the formation of Red Blood Cells(RBCs) and also haemoglobin in the body and help the RBCs in transporting oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency can lead to chronic anemia, insomnia, fatigue, cough and also lack of concentration and compromised immune functions.

Folic acid is also known vitamin B9 which plays an essential role in many bodily functions like repair and maintenance of the cells, the formation of leukocytes and also the formation of erythrocytes, DNA synthesis and amino acid metabolism. Folic acid is not just important for pregnant women but it has multiple health benefits for men, women and children. Foods that are high in naturally occurring folate are dark green vegetables, lentils peas and dried beans.

High iron foods include liver, beef, lamb, beans, sunflower seeds, nuts, whole grains, dark leafy greens (spinach), dark chocolate, and tofu.

Iron deficiency anaemia is a common type of anemia that is a condition in which blood lacks an adequate healthy red blood cell. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.


Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.