1. A closer look – Trace minerals and their deficiency symptoms
Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world, affecting nearly a third of the world population – over 2 billion people. This is a serious issue, but highly treatable and preventable. Fully understanding iron’s roles, sources, and health benefits can show just how important it is to address global iron deficiency anemia.
Normal Blood Cells Compared to Iron Deficient Blood Cells
Use your knowledge of iron’s role in the human body to answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
Most commonly known for its ability to bind to oxygen, iron also plays the important role of acting as a _____ to many enzymes in numerous oxidation-reduction reactions.
Red blood cells without iron become pale and this is called hypochromic. In individuals with lighter skin, this also results in a distinct pale appearance called … .
Vegans, vegetarians, and those following a variety of plant-based diets can get enough iron from their diet from eating foods that contain ………. iron along with vitamin C rich foods on a daily basis.
c. non heme
Zinc is an important essential mineral used in many metabolic reactions and more. Almost every cell in the human body contains zinc, with the highest concentrations being found in bone and muscle.
Use your knowledge of zinc’s role in the human body to answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
Zinc is integral to many functions in the human body; consequences of deficiency can be severe. Zinc deficiency hinders and absorption, causing diarrhea, which further contributes to deficiency in zinc and other nutrients.
The next few questions will help you dig deeper into copper’s importance in the human body.
Use your knowledge of copper to answer the following questions.
For the most part, typical/common U.S. diets naturally provide—————- amounts of copper.