Is ferrous iron?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent sleepless nights wondering whether ferrous iron is actually iron or just one of those fancy scientific terms that scientists like to throw around. Fear not, dear reader! Today we will unravel this mystery and discover once and for all if ferrous iron truly is iron.

What Is Iron?

Before delving into the complexities of ferrous iron, let’s first establish what exactly “iron” is. According to our friends over at Merriam-Webster,[1] it’s a “heavy ductile magnetic metallic element”. In simpler terms, it’s a metal with an atomic number symbol Fe[2] – sorry Fe-MDs out there.

Iron has been used by humans since ancient times for various purposes such as tools, weapons and architecture. It even plays important roles in our bodies by aiding red blood cells in transporting oxygen through the bloodstream [3]– yep, that apple-a-day thing really works!

The Types Of Iron

Now that we know what “iron” means (coughs thanks Merriam), let’s talk about its types. There are two primary forms: heme (found in meat products) and non-heme (found in plant-based sources). However,focusing solely on these would be injustice so hold your horses!

There are also different states of oxidation related to ions – basically meaning whether an atom loses or gains electrons _ This leads us nicely onto…Ferrous Iron!

Ferrous Ion At Your Service

Ferrous ion (Fe²⁺) otherwise known as ferroso ferric oxide [4]

Confused yet? Don’t worry; I’ll break it down real nice-like for you. When good old Mr.Fe enters into various chemical reactions and combines with oxygen,lots can happens depending on how much oxygen is around.

If Mr.Fe ends up losing two of his had-to-spell friends – i.e. electrons – then he’s left with an electrical charge of 2+. This newly minted positively charged iron atom is what we refer to as “ferrous” and its symbol is Fe²⁺ [5]

Yep, Ferrous Iron Is Actually A Type Of Iron

All our scientific jargon aside, it’s simple: Ferrous Iron is actually a type of iron! As previously established; it can be commonly found in water supplies or supplements.


Although this little journey might have been tricky on the eyes at times there’s no denying that ferrous ion really does hold significance in the world of chemistry for its uses within numerous scales- whether aquatic life or steel formation.

Next time some chemist airs their superior knowledge, impress them by tossing out everything you learned here today!


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