Iron & Calcium are two very important minerals needed for the proper functioning of a human body
. No man on this planet can do without these two for a long time healthily. Iron is the reason behind the supply of oxygen from the lungs to the entire body.
Iron is a major component of hemoglobin, the protein present in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.
On the other hand, calcium is the support of our skeletal structure. Calcium is responsible for strong teeth and bones along with the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. It also helps in proper clotting of the blood. Deficiency of calcium can make room for colon cancer but an abundance of calcium in the human body can lead to stones in the kidney. Balance is the key.
An adult human body requires an intake of 18 mg iron daily while for children the number goes down to 10 mg. While the daily allowance for calcium is 1000 mg – 1200 mg.
Symptoms of Iron & Calcium Deficiency
- Fatigue, pale face, short breath, headache, and faster heartbeats are a few symptoms of iron deficiency.
- Muscle cramps, dry skin, brittle nails, tooth decay, late puberty, PMS symptoms, and insomnia are a couple of symptoms of calcium deficiency.
Diseases Caused by Calcium Deficiency
Calcium deficiency can cause some major health issues. A few of which are –
- Muscle problems like muscle cramps, pain and also severe numbness in the muscles.
- Lethargy, fatigue and brain fog
- Osteopenia and osteoporosis
- Painful premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Dental problems such as weak roots, brittle teeth & irritated gums
Diseases Caused by Iron Deficiency
- Decreased memory, impaired learning & concentration
- Impaired immune system
- Decreased aerobic performance
- Decreased work productivity
- Increased risk of low birth weight, prematurity, and maternal morbidity during pregnancy
- Infant motor and mental function delay
- Increased risk of transfusion