Mar 6th 2018
Red blood cells, contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin that carries oxygen to every cell in the body and returns carbon dioxide from your tissues back to your lungs. Iron also helps your body make energizing ATP and the protective antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase.
A deficiency of iron can lead to anemia. The most common symptoms of anemia are weakness, paleness, shortness of breath, fatigue, inability to concentrate and fast heartbeat.
Older people who don't eat much red meat or get enough iron from foods or supplementation may be at risk for anemia. Young women who lose blood monthly with menstruation are also at risk.
People with some chronic health conditions like leukemia, or bleeding ulcers, for example, may also get anemia.
In the U.S. if a blood test finds a hemoglobin less than 13.5 g/dl in a man or 12 g/dl in a woman it may indicate anemia. Your Doctor can monitor your levels with routine blood tests. There are also machines like the HemoCue® Hb you can buy to use in your home to test your hemoglobin levels in seconds with a drop of blood.
Iron is needed to make hemoglobin. There are 2 types of iron: heme and non-heme. Heme iron is more easily absorbed and comes from liver, and other organ meats, red meat, poulty and fish. Non-heme is found in dried beans and peas, legumes, nuts and seeds, fortified cereals, whole grains, dark molasses, green leafy vegetables and vitamins. If your iron levels are low, your Doctor may suggest you add more red meat to your diet, or recommend a high dose iron supplement.
For most of us a healthy diet and a daily multivitamin with some iron is sufficient. Taking Vitamin C at the same time can increase iron's absorption. MDR Fitness Tabs provides a balanced daily vitamin mineral formula with a small but essential amount of daily Iron, plus Vitamin C and other nutrients essential to healthy red blood cells including Zinc, Vitamin B-12, B-6 and Folate.