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Iron is probably more important than you were taught and you probably weren’t taught that too much iron can be toxic and cause you problems. Iron deficiencies may manifest itself as anemia, fatigue, constipation, brittle nails, menstrual problems or restless leg syndrome in adults.

Children are usually born with enough iron in their tissues to sustain growth for 6-12 months so they don’t need additional iron in their diet. Breast milk is almost completely devoid of iron yet many baby formulas are fortified with iron which often leads to babies that are very uncomfortable because of bloating and gas discomfort otherwise known as colic. A baby is born with stomach bacteria designed to digest breast milk and not artificial formulas that contain ingredients not normally found in breast milk. Given this information, it’s easy to understand why so many infants are fussy and crying when their poor mothers are on the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program because the infant formula obtainable through this U.S. government program is iron fortified.

Iron is a key element in the metabolism of humans and almost every other living organism. This element is vital to hundreds of proteins and enzymes in the human body.

Your blood is partially made up of hemoglobin and myglobin proteins. These two proteins make up about 2/3rd’s of your body’s iron supply. Hemoglobin’s role is to transport oxygen from your lungs to the tissues and organs that need it throughout your body. Myglobin is a protein that supplies oxygen to your muscle cells and helps with proper oxygenation of your muscles when they are active.

Other enzymes and proteins that contain iron perform the following functions:

  • energy metabolism
  • electron transport
  • antioxidant functions
  • beneficial pro-oxidant functions
  • oxygen storage
  • DNA Synthesis
  • regulation of intercellular iron

As with many other vitamins and minerals your body utilizes there is an interaction between iron and other nutrients.

  • Zinc, when acquired from supplements, may have lower absorption rates when combined with iron supplements on an empty stomach.
  • Consuming foods that contain calcium and iron in the same meal may reduce the amount of iron the body absorbs.
  • A deficiency in vitamin A will make a deficiency of iron even worse.
  • An adequate level of copper is needed for normal red cell formation and iron metabolism.

The amount of iron you need will vary according to your sex, age, lifestyle and activity level. For example, menstruating women lose iron as a normal part of the menstrual cycle so more iron is needed during this period. Pregnant women lose iron to their developing fetus and placenta so additional iron is needed during pregnancy and people regularly engaging in strenuous exercise or activity may need more iron than someone with a less active lifestyle.

Iron can be obtained naturally in a variety of foods in two different types. Heme and nonheme iron are in different foods. Heme iron is more readily absorbed and used by your body and its absorption is less influenced by the rest of your dietary intake. Nonheme iron is absorbed using a different mechanism than heme iron so your dietary intake and iron levels play a larger role in the amount you absorb.

The sources of heme iron are the hemoglobin and myglobin in the meat, poultry and fish you eat and sources of nonheme iron are iron supplements, iron salts, meat, dairy products, bananas, black molasses, prunes, raisins, whole rye, walnuts, kelp and lentils.

Since vegetarians receive nonheme iron in their diets and many factors can inhibit the absorption of iron, it is recommended that vegetarians take special care to increase the iron in the diet.

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In almost every article we’ve published recently we’ve discussed vitamins and minerals and have stated they are important to your health. The article titled Natural Disease Prevention even had the quote below:

Dr. Linus Pauling the two-time Nobel Prize winner states that: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

We never told you what minerals we have in our bodies, which we believe are best and WHY they are so important to your health. This is the first in a series of articles that will, hopefully, help you understand just how important minerals are to your survival. The table below will give you a list of the minerals we’ll be covering in separate articles to give you a better understanding of the role each is believed to play in your body.


Boron Calcium Chromium
Cobalt Copper Fluoride
Iodine Iron
Lithium Magnesium Manganese
Molybdenum Phosphorus Potassium
Selenium Silicon Sodium
Sulfur Vanadium Zinc

Scientists have identified 84 different minerals that our body’s need to both survive and thrive so the list above is only part of the picture. The quote below will give you a glimpse of just how important minerals are.

Dr. Charles Northen, MD researcher reports that, “In the absence of minerals, vitamins have no function. Lacking vitamins, the system can make use of the minerals, but lacking minerals vitamins are useless.”

If you’ve ever experienced extreme fatigue, migraine headaches, brittle bones or dizziness; you may have been experiencing a mineral deficiency. The value of minerals and the necessity of good supplements cannot be underestimated.


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