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Iron and a Strong Healthy Body

Bonnie Conrad

Most of us are already familiar with the body building properties of iron, and most of us know that iron is vital to a strong and healthy body. Additionally, iron is essential to supplying vital oxygen to the blood, and for this reason it is an important element for young and old alike.

Iron is also essential to providing us with the energy we need to make it through a busy day. Iron is truly one of the most important of all minerals, and everyone should strive to consume enough iron every day through a healthy diet and supplementation.

Dietary Sources of Iron

Spinach is perhaps the best known source of dietary iron, but other iron rich foods include meat, fish, grains, fruits, vegetables and beans.

The recommended daily intake of iron is 15mg per day.

Iron Supplements

Iron supplements are most often seen in 50mg and 100mg strengths. Iron combines well with vitamin A, vitamin C and all B-complex vitamins. In addition, it is important to not combine iron and zinc, as they can interfere with each other's absorption.

Side Effects and Toxicity of Iron

Iron supplements should always be kept out of the reach of children, since a dose as low as 600mg can be fatal to young children. Iron in high doses can be dangerous, as iron is stored in the body. Some toxic effects of excess iron consumption include heart damage, liver damage and low levels of zinc.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

Signs of iron deficiency can include anemia, low hemoglobin levels, feelings of fatigue, low levels of stamina, hemorrhaging, digestive problems and depression. 

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