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Nutrition in Wound Healing

Resource to help raise awareness of the role of nutrition in wound healing

Nutrients - Iron


Iron is a common metallic element (Anderson, Keith, Novak and Elliot, 2002)

What foods do you think iron is found in? Read on to find out.

Foods high in Iron

Foods that are high in iron include:

(Kemp, 2001)

Nutrients role in the body

Iron's Role in the body

Iron has a number of roles within the body. Perhaps the most important of these are:

  1. It is required for the creation of red blood cells and is an integral part of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin allows oxygen to be transported around the body.
  2. It is involved in collagen formation (which provides structure for new tissues).

(Hallberg, Sandstrom and Agett, 1993, Todorovic, 2003)

Due to the pivotal role that haemoglobin plays in the transportation of nutrients, iron deficiency should be addressed to optimise wound healing. If iron deficiency is apparent, vitamin C supplementation should be considered as vitamin C is required for iron absorption (Ripley, 2006).

Signs of nutrient deficiency / overdose

Signs of Iron deficiency / overdose

Signs of iron deficiency include: Signs of iron overdose are rare but include:
  • Anaemia due to impaired haemoglobin production.
  • Altered thermoregulation
  • Reduced formation and function of white blood cells resulting in increased risk of infection.
  • Impaired tissue perfusion.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Diabetes.
  • Cardiac disturbances.

(Hallberg, Sandstrom, and Aggett, 1993, Todorovic, 2003)

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