Most people know that iron is an important mineral in our bodies and that the term "iron-poor blood" indicates a problem. But they don't really know what that means. Try holding your breath for 3 minutes and you'll get an idea. That's because iron-poor blood is literally blood that is starved of oxygen, which means it can't function properly, just as you can't function properly if you don't get enough oxygen. How does this relationship work? Iron acts as a mechanism for fueling your cells with oxygen.
The majority of iron in your body is contained in hemoglobin. It is commonly understood that all you need is about a teaspoon of iron to carry out the important task of transporting oxygen from your lungs to your cells. Iron also acts as co-enzyme and co-protein to determine how energy is released, as well as promote chemical changes throughout your body. Once the iron penetrates your cells, then it can go to work. Adequate levels of iron are critical for
- Healthy myoglobin (an iron-protein mixture), which feeds muscles when they are working hard
- strengthen immune system
- metabolizing cholesterol
- production of connective tissues
- production of hemoglobin
- good skin tone
So where do you get this champion of minerals? You may remember your mother pushing beef, chicken, lab, or pork liver in from of you as a child and saying, "It's good for you. It is full of iron." well, she was right. but there are plenty of other foods that contains it. Chocolate also contains iron. cheddar cheese, soy beans, curry powder, baked potatoes (with skin), cooked spinach, spaghetti noodles, cereal, shellfish, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.
- anemia, including shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigues
- increased susceptibility to infections
- excessive bleeding during menstruation
- learning disabilities in children
- heart palpitations during exercise
- cracked lips
- difficulty swallowing
Iron overdose symptoms
- diarrhea with blood
- nausea with blood
- abdominal pain
- chest pain
Our bodies are masterfully able to absorb only the amounts of iron they really need, but accidental overdose, especially in children can be fatal. if you want to supplement our iron intake, consider the following: the intestines regulate how much iron is absorbed. People with intestinal problems may absorb too little or too much iron. This can lead to oxidation and release of free radicals which can lead to certain cancers and heart diseases. Iron supplements can create intestinal infections and constipation. Not everyone can tolerate iron supplements.
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