Iron plays a vital role in energy production within our bodies. Iron helps transport oxygen from the lungs throughout the rest of the body. Iron is also a part of many enzymes in the body including those that provide antioxidant protection.1
Iron is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. Simply drinking 100% orange juice along with consuming iron-rich foods may help enhance your body’s absorption of iron.
Iron is involved in energy production and oxygen transport as it is part of the electron transport chain, hemoglobin in the blood, and myoglobin in the muscles.1,2 Iron is also part of many enzymes including glutathione peroxidase and catalase1 that behave as antioxidants in the body. Symptoms of low iron status include tiredness, shortness of breath, and headaches, and severe iron deficiency can lead to anemia and complications with pregnancy.1,2 In infants and young children, iron deficiency is associated with impaired cognitive development and behavior, decreased infection resistance, and temperature dysregulation.1
Vitamin C and citric acid and other organic compounds found in citrus may enhance the absorption of plant-based iron.1-3