• Symptoms of Iron Deficiency and Top 27 High Iron Foods

  • Iron is a mineral needed by our bodies and is apart of all cells.  When we are deficient in iron this can cause issues in our bodies, the most common symptom is lack of energy. Read this article to understand what are the warning symptoms of Iron Deficiency and what to eat to correct it.

    Iron is an essential mineral which surprisingly many people could be lacking. Learn about iron's core functions, symptoms and causes of its deficiency, as well as what high-iron foods to consume.

    Core functions

    Iron combines with other nutrients to form blood proteins which are necessary components of hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells (RBCs). The primary role of RBCs is to transport oxygen from the lungs to bodily tissues and carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.

    Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes. In other words, iron influences enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism, including DNA synthesis.

    iron deficiencyDeficiency symptoms

    The main symptoms of iron deficiency are linked to the reduced delivery of oxygen to bodily tissues and the impaired function of iron-containing enzymes in various tissues.

    Iron-deficiency anemia, characterized by very small RBCs, is the most common form of anemia. It must, however, be noted that anemia is the last stage of iron deficiency. Before anemia takes place, iron-dependent enzymes which play roles in metabolism and energy production would first be impacted by low iron levels. In other words, even before anemia sets in, a person who is deficient in iron could already be constantly feeling tired.

    Symptoms of iron deficiency include:

    • Anemia
    • Excessive menstrual blood loss (ironically, also a cause of deficiency)
    • Impaired immunity
    • Reduced energy levels, fatigue, can't sustain prolonged activities
    • Lowered physical performance
    • Learning disabilities
    • Poor memory and concentration
    • Paleness

    High-iron foods

    These include:

    • Beef
    • Organ meats
    • Clams
    • Shrimp
    • Black beans
    • Black-eyed peas
    • Blackstrap molasses
    • Brewer's yeast
    • Chickpeas
    Green leafy vegetables
    • Kelp
    • Kidney beans
    • Legumes

    Broadly speaking, heme iron (from animals) is better absorbed by the body than nonheme iron (from plants).

    Iron levels in the body need to be carefully balanced as iron overload is linked to higher risks of heart disease, infections and even cancer. It can also harm the liver and pancreas. Iron excess is more common in men and, as such, some practitioners restrict iron supplementation only to persons with iron deficiency and women who are menstruating, pregnant or lactating.

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