Sources Of Iron

Seafood - clams, oysters
Meats - liver and kidneys, beef, reindeer meat
Nuts/seeds - pistachio, pinon nuts, black walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Vegetables - Irish moss, chives, parsley, soybeans
Grains - wheat germ and bran, rice bran
Miscellaneous - red wine, black strap molasses, sorghum syrup, bone meal, yeast

Roles In The Body

Oxygen Transport - iron is part of the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen in the blood
Cellular Energy Production - iron is required in the final steps of the production of energy from food
Removal of Harmful Free Radicals - catalase enzyme requires iron

Symptoms Associated With An Iron Deficiency

anemia hydrochloric acid deficiency
brittle nails low blood pressure
decreased resistance pallor
dizziness slow oxidation
fatigue weakness

Symptoms Associated With An Iron Excess

arthritis high blood pressure
cancer iron deposits in organs
cirrhosis of the liver liver disease
diabetes myasthenia gravs
emotional problems schizophrenia

Synergetic Nutrients

Absorption - acid foods, animal foods, vitamin C, alcohol, glucose and other sugars
Utilization - copper, vitamin B12

Antagonistic Nutrients

Absorption - phytates, phosphate, egg protein, manganese, zinc, nickel, chromium, copper, calcium, magnesium, cadmium, vegetarian diets

Hair Analysis Notes

Iron is referred to as the strength mineral

High Hair Iron:
  • often associated with feelings of anger and hostility
  • more often seen in fast oxidation
  • often associated with high aluminum levels
  • can be due to an iron loss due to destruction of body cells
  • iron toxicity can be due to iron cookware or excessive iron in drinking water

  • Low Hair Iron:
  • most often associated with a slow oxidation rate
  • common to see iron levels around 1.0 mg%
  • low hair iron does not necessarily indicate anemia
  • low iron often seen with symptoms of fatigue
  • taking iron tablets will not necessarily raise iron levels

  • Reasons For Iron Supplementation

  • to raise low sodium levels
  • to increase a low oxidation rate
  • to lower elevated manganese levels
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