Iron is an essential mineral found in the hemoglobin of our red blood cells. Iron is responsible for “storing” the oxygen we breathe in, whilst our blood circulates around our body, diffusing this oxygen from itself when required. Irregular levels of iron can cause serious health complications. Iron deficiency medically referred to as anaemia can have multiple negative consequences on your day to day health and wellbeing. These consequences can be avoided with a small addition of supplemental iron tablets to your daily diet.
What is Iron?
Iron is a chemical element symbolically referred to as “Fe” on the periodic table and is an essential mineral required for the optimal functioning of our bodies. Iron can be obtained from our diets from foods such as red meat, liver, nuts and beans such as edamame and chickpeas, however, many people suffer from a deficiency in Iron. This deficiency can particularly affect women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, post-partum bleeding, and blood loss during childbirth. However, this should not be understood as a disorder affecting solely females, as men and children can too become Iron deficient when not balancing their diet appropriately. Low Iron can also be an indication of gastrointestinal diseases such as crohn's disease or celiac disease as the body's inability to absorb vitamins and minerals from food can affect your iron stores
Symptoms of Iron deficiency
Symptoms of Iron deficiency include:
Shortness of breath
Benefits of taking Iron supplements
The benefits of taking Iron supplements are numerous, from a holistic and general sense of increased energy resulting in feelings of health and wellbeing to improvement in immune response and gastrointestinal processes. At appropriate levels, an increase in iron aids in hair regrowth, so if you're experiencing hair loss, this supplement may be an excellent first course of action for you. This daily supplement can also be great for reducing generalized fatigue, whereby replenishing iron supplies increases oxygen in the body, which can help improve feelings of tiredness and lethargy. As stated before it is essential that every supplement we take is part of a well regulated, healthy and balanced diet, therefore we must ensure we do not consume over the advised amount and take regular blood tests to assess our levels.
Some of the possible side effects of Iron supplements are as follows:
Loss of appetite
How to take Iron supplements
Our supplements come in the form of small easy to swallow tablets that should be taken with a glass of water, it is best to take these supplements on an empty stomach. Please confer with your primary medical provider should you have any pre-existing conditions or take any other medication that may interact with any supplement you take. Dosages vary.