I adore a little history weaved into my lessons and quite interesting, iron was first recognized exactly 300 years ago ( 1713)! However, it wasn’t until the 1860’s that it was known as essential in the diet.
Iron Storage in the Body
One third of iron is stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow, whereas, the other 2/3s are found primarily in the hemoglobin.
Iron Absorption in the Body
Most iron is absorbed in the intestines. There are 2 sources of iron: heme and non-heme. Heme sources of iron are found in meat; non-heme sources include: milk, eggs, and cheese.
Factors that may enhance iron absorption include:Vitamin c, protein, lysine
Factors that may inhibit iron absorption include: fiber, oxylates, phylates AND hypothyroidism and/or not not optimal digestive system. If you have low iron, please check your thyroid markers and work on improving your digestion.
- Iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in blood and has an important job of transporting oxygen.
- Iron also makes up part other proteins in the body.
Best Food Sources of Iron: beef liver, oysters, beans, nuts, beef and lamb, leafy green vegetables.
Interesting Iron Facts:
- Iron is a mineral found in every cell of the body.
- Iron is transports in the bloodstream by a protein called transferrin.
- Ferritin levels in the body will indicate iron storage levels. It is a good idea to have your doctor test for ferritin especially if you are showing signing of iron deficiency: fatigue,, sore tongue, brittle nails, canker sore.
- It is important to have your blood iron and ferritin levels tested before taking any iron supplementation as taking too much iron can result in health problems..
Please let me know if you have any questions.