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What are the benefits of iron pills

 Iron is a mineral that the body needs for healthy and proper growth, and it enters into the formation of hemoglobin, which is the protein in red blood cells, which carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, in addition to myoglobin, which is the protein that provides oxygen to muscles, and the body needs iron to produce a group Of hormones, and it is naturally present in many foods, and it is also added to some fortified food products, and it can be obtained through iron supplements that are available in the form of pills, capsules, drops, or tablets that the active substance is released from them during a relatively long period. The main purpose of taking these supplements is to treat the symptoms of iron deficiency by raising its levels, in addition to raising the level of hemoglobin in the body.

Benefits of iron pills:

Improvement of anemia cases associated with some chronic diseases:

Many chronic diseases can cause anemia, such as: cancer, kidney problems, and heart problems, and taking iron with other medications helps build red blood cells and improve anemia in people with kidney problems and cancer patients who are being treated. Chemotherapy, and receiving iron through a vein is more effective than taking iron supplements orally.

Improve anemia:

Where iron deficiency anemia can be improved by eating foods high in iron, in addition to oral supplements, and a combination of factors can cause this deficiency, such as: a diet low in iron sources, blood loss In women during their menstrual period.

Enhancing cognitive functions:

As the results of a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health Care conducted on pregnant women indicated that iron supplementation significantly improved short-term memory and had a positive and beneficial effect on psychometric test scores and attention, as indicated by a study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment in 2014 indicated that there is some evidence about the role of iron supplementation in improving cognitive function, but this effect should be confirmed by conducting more studies on different groups, and for adequate periods of time.

Improvement of symptoms associated with heart failure:

A review published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs in 2017 indicated that iron supplementation showed no effect in patients with heart failure, while intravenous iron therapy improved exercise capacity, quality of life and reduced symptoms of heart failure, but more is needed. There has been extensive experience and studies on this benefit.

Relief of restless legs syndrome symptoms:

Research indicates that taking iron by mouth reduces the risk of developing symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome, such as uncomfortable legs and sleep problems, so taking iron is recommended to improve symptoms in people with this syndrome and low iron levels. For some people, symptoms improved after being given an intravenous iron injection, but it is not yet known if other forms of iron were effective when given intravenously.

Improving athletic performance:

As iron has a key role in the proper functioning of the muscles, it helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy during exercise, and also helps produce cells, proteins, and new hormones that are necessary to maintain body strength after performing strenuous exercises. A study published in the journal The Journal of Nutrition 2019, which was conducted on 73 women, indicates that iron supplementation increases the endurance performance of women with iron deficiency.

Reducing episodes of apnea in children:

A study published in the Iranian Journal of Child Neurology in 2019 was conducted on 42 children who were diagnosed with apnea, indicating that iron deficiency anemia may have a role in the occurrence of apnea episodes in children, and may help treat anemia. To reduce the number of these seizures.