Iron Deficiency - The trouble with iron

Too Long Didn't Read - Iron is important, if you don't get enough in your diet you can become anemic.

Iron is needed to move oxygen through the blood.

Signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia


Low tolerance to exercise

Paleness around eyes, skin, nails, and gums

Loud heartbeat may be presentin the severe cases

There are usually no signs in the early stages

Who is susceptible

Pregnant / breast feeding women

Women tend to share their iron with their infants


Breast milk only has enough iron for a baby that is less than 4 months old


When children go through periods of growth their bodies sometimes can’t keep up and more iron is needed

People with certain diseases

Iron deficiency is usually the first sign of colon cancer

Stomach ulcers may also be a reason why your body is not digesting iron properly

People who recently lost a lot of blood

Iron is stored in the blood

When the body is deficient in a nutrient it will usually have cravings. You may have met a pregnant woman who craves pickle and mayo sandwiches. Some of the most common non food items to crave when iron deficient are Ice, clay, and soil.


A physician can take a blood sample and determine your iron levels. Interestingly you will have the same number of red blood cells but they will be smaller.

Suggested treatment

If the iron deficiencies are not caused by disease

Proper diet and nutrition

meats (especially liver), fish, poultry, eggs, legumes, potatoes, and rice are high in iron

Many vegetables have iron in them but the body is not able to absorb it. Vegetarians should become creative in finding iron.

Also some wheat products have iron added to them, but it is also hard to absorb

If the iron deficiency is severe a blood transfusion may be used to add red blood cells that are full of iron to the blood.

If you lack iron in your diet you may supplement it with supplements. Here are some of my recommended iron supplements.

Iron Supplements to Consider

For a good general Iron Supplement we like:

Timed Release Iron by Douglas Labs. It's easily digestible and absorbable.

For those who have digestive trouble taking Iron Supplements:

Iron Bisglycinate by ThorneThorne's Iron Bisglycinate provides 25 mg of elemental iron per capsule that has been reacted with glycine for optimal absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, thus helping to decrease the typical gastrointestinal side effects.*

Iron with Co-Factors
Ferrasorb by Thorne Ferrasorb includes other nutrition cofactors that Thorne says helps with "blood building"

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