Did you know that iron consumption can make malaria symptoms worse?


From a pregnant woman to the elderly–consuming iron is a must for everyone. There are a lot of studies that go gaga about this nutrient because it is responsible for red blood cells in our body. And when that doesn’t happen, people develop anemia.

But even iron, which is an essential nutrient, has a dark side to it too–especially if you are infected with malaria.     

That’s why Dr Niti Kautish, senior consultant, obstetrics and gynecology from Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad is here to throw some light on how iron is important for us and why it can have side effects for those who are dealing with malaria.

Iron is important but in moderation. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Why is iron important for us? There is no doubt that this nutrient is very crucial. “Iron is an important component of hemoglobin and helps in transporting oxygen throughout the body,” says Dr Kautish. “But at the same time an excess iron can also be very dangerous. It promotes the formation of damaging oxidative radicals. This can also deposit in organs such as the liver, heart, and pancreas which can lead to conditions like cirrhosis, heart failure, and diabetes.”

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences has noticed a boost in metabolism and psychological processes in those people who have enough iron in their daily diet. 

Dr Kautish adds:

Since both iron deficiency and high concentration of iron can compromise cellular function, the levels in the cells must be regulated precisely.…

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