5 Reasons Why Iron is Important & 4 Risk Factors for Iron Deficiency

3) Iron in body defenses

Iron deficiency can affect the immune system by decreasing the production of antibodies, interfering with the body’s ability to fight infection. Studies about iron deficiency in patients with malaria suggest that these patients are more likely to reduce their antibody production due to iron deficiency. Thus, they are more likely to get infected and experience a more life-threatening disease.