Iron Supplements

Iron deficiencies are not a subject that is well discussed. It is a common issue with the elderly due to the changes in the body as aging progresses. The truth is simple. We all need to keep our iron levels up to stay healthy. Iron is an essential part of our overall health picture and it plays its role in how our blood transports oxygen to the brain and to the body for the sake of our overall well being.

Iron trough Nutrition

Like all vitamins and minerals, we look to diet to provide for most of the iron we need. Iron can be found in meats and proteins we consume and it is very easy for our bodies to absorb iron from proteins. Irons that enter our systems in this way get used quickly. We can get iron also from vegetables, particularly leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce but it more time for the minerals to get absorbed this way. About 20% of the iron we need is stored by our body for future demands. If our diet doesn’t provide a good supply of iron, we can become anemic which leads to concentration difficulties, fatigue and it can also lower our resistance to diseases.

Iron Supplements

If you suspect you are suffering from an iron deficiency, you can add supplements to your diet that will build your iron supply and replenish your bodys iron reserves. We cannot set you a level of iron that you should try to achieve because it varies by age as it does by gender. Girls entering puberty and women going through menopause have much higher requirements for iron. Knowing for sure what your iron requirements for your body are at your current phase in life will require that you have a meeting with your doctor. This is a preferable course of action over just buying supplements and guessing how much iron to take.

Adjust the Diet

As is the case with all vitamin or mineral requirements, you may be able to supplement you iron supply by simply adjusting your diet to ensure you are getting more iron through what you eat each day. This is the safest course of action because if you take in more iron than needed via your diet, it will be eliminated naturally. Along with the iron sources we have mentioned, red wine – taken in moderation – can be a great help to increase the levels of iron in your system.

Help with Food Allergies

It is not uncommon to consider supplements if you cannot get enough iron from your diet. People who suffer food allergies or other eating disorders commonly go this route because their diet is restricted so that they cannot achieve sufficient iron levels naturally. Nevertheless, make sure you know the limits of how much of the supplement to take. It is possible to overdose on iron, which can then result in a variety of unpleasant side effects including nausea and constipation. So be safe and ask your doctor for help to balance your iron supply so you get enough iron to stay healthy.

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