Is iron a heavy metal?

Is iron a heavy metal?

Is iron a heavy metal?

Iron is a chemical element, and it is classified as a transition metal. Iron is an essential mineral for the human body, it plays a vital role in the production of hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen in the blood. It is not considered a heavy metal because it has a density of 7.87 g/cm3, lower than the density of most heavy metals and it is essential for the human body in lesser amounts.

Iron is found in many foods such as red meats, poultry, seafood, beans, and leafy greens. Iron deficiency anemia is a common condition that occurs when the body does not have enough iron. Iron supplements and diet changes can help to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia.

Heavy metals on the other hand, are considered toxic to living organisms and they can cause a range of health problems, including damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Long-term exposure to heavy metals can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Iron is not toxic in the recommended amounts, and it is not considered a heavy metal.

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