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IRON


THE BREAKDOWN
  • Produces energy in the body
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps to break down fatty acids
  • Transports and stores blood in the muscles


IN THE BODY
When in the body, Iron is absorbed by Vitamin C. Iron ingested from eating vegetables is not as ample as when it is done so with meats.


WITHDRAWALS
If you are lacking Iron in your body, you will probably experience a loss in strength, motivation and a depleted, weak immune system. This could also result in anemia.


NATURAL FORMS
Natural forms of Iron can be found in whole grains, dark veggies (leafy) and meat.


DAILY DOSE
  • Women 15 mg
  • Men 10 mg
  • Post menopause 10 mg
  • During pregnancy 30 mg


OVER DOSAGE
The depletion of the lining in the gut as well as liver damage is results of excessive Iron intake. It may increase the chances of getting heart disease or arteriosclerosis.


FIGHTING AGENTS
Iron has to fight with Copper, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc for absorption in the body. If you are taking a Vitamin E supplement, you should not be taking an Iron supplement.


SUPPLEMENTS
If you are lacking essential minerals, otherwise knows as "deficiency", you should be taking Iron supplements.


WARNINGS
If you have arthritis, hepatitis, ulcers, IBD or hemochromatosis, you should not be taking Iron supplements. Also, if you have an acute infection or are about to undergo a blood transfusion, avoid all Iron supplements.


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