Iron is a mineral that is an essential component of many of the body’s enzymes and participates in the transfer of electrons, which is the body’s energy system. The presence of iron also plays an important role in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to tissues in the body.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin which means our body cannot produce it and we must get it from our diet or supplements. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) plays essential roles in maintaining bone, immune, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular health. It increases calcium absorption to insure proper bone mineralization. It also acts as an antioxidant and is important in the body’s healing process.
Consuming Vitamin C and Iron together increases the absorption of iron because ascorbic acid chemically reduces iron, forming the version of the ion which can be taken up by cells. This also means that the acid is preventing iron from forming useless compounds which are insoluble and cannot be absorbed.