iron deficiency...

Iron is essential for the function of many proteins in the body, including the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues.

Symptoms of low iron levels (anaemia) include tiredness, pallor, shortness or breath, fatigue, irritability, and decreased general health and wellbeing. Iron deficiency is thought to impair psychomotor development and cognitive function in infants and to reduce work performance in adults. Anaemia in pregnancy increases the likelihood of having a premature or low-birth-weight baby, and even the risk of peri-natal death of the baby.

Signs of lack of iron include pallor of the skin, tongue, lower inner eyelids and nail beds, a sore mouth, unusual hair loss, dry hair and skin, abnormally heavy periods, fatigue, reduced stamina, headaches, dizziness, irritability, a decreased appetite and reduced immunity.

Iron deficiency may be a result of blood loss (including heavy menstruation), pregnancy or lactation.  Vegetarians and vegans are at increased risk if they do not ensure that they get sufficient dietary iron.

Absorption of Iron
Iron absorption is increased by stomach acid, vitamin C, meat, protein foods, citrus fruit, vegetables, iron cookware, copper, cobalt and manganese. 

Absorption of iron is decreased by antacids, phosphates, phytates (found in raw grains and nuts), oxylates (such as those in uncooked green leafy vegetables), low copper levels, calcium, raw and unfermented soy protein (including soy milk and tofu), coffee and also black tea.

Good Food Sources of Iron:
» Red Meat is a good source and also liver.
» Ground Herbs including Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary
» Oat & Bran
» Canned Anchovies
» Curry Powder and Garam Masala
» Dark Green leafy vegetables
» Wholegrains, such as brown rice and fortified breakfast cereals
» Nuts and particularly Sesame

If you want to supplement both Spirulina and Iron chelate are recommended.

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