NUTRITION WHY’S #27 : WHY IRON? Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrition deficiencies in women who lose blood every month with their menstrual cycle and often don’t eat enough iron-rich foods.

NUTRITION WHY’S #27 : WHY IRON? Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrition deficiencies in women who lose blood every month with their menstrual cycle and often don’t eat enough iron-rich foods. One quarter of the world’s population is deficient in iron. The result of iron deficiency is a reduction in the oxygen carrying ability of the blood due to reduced levels of the protein called hemoglobin which carries oxygen to all the cells in your body including the brain and muscles. So fatigue and reduced sports performance result from iron deficiency. A simple blood test can determine if you need iron. With iron deficiency, the body makes more iron carrying proteins called transferrin in the intestinal cells to increase iron absorption. If you take a little too much iron, the body stores the extra within the intestinal cells in an inactive form called ferritin so that it is not absorbed. The intestinal cells with stored extra iron are excreted from the body every day as new cells are grown on the intestinal villi every few hours. Women ages 14 to 50 need 18 milligrams per day to maintain iron stores. This is easy to get from a daily multivitamin and iron-rich foods like spinach and most men get enough iron from their diet and a Multivitamin. Women with iron deficiency need to be treated with over the counter iron supplements under a doctor’s or other health care worker’s supervision. After age 50 men and women need only 10 milligrams of iron. In older individuals, a low iron should trigger a search for the source which could be simple or serious. Most multivitamins contain between 10 and 18 milligrams of iron. Vitamin C increases iron absorption while some cereals and grains bind iron and reduce its absorption into the bloodstream. Iron is an important mineral in Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle since it helps maintain energy and exercise performance by helping oxygen get to all the cells in your body!! #drdavidheber #iron #energy #fatigue #oxygen #performance to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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