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Little-Known Secrets About Optimal Iron Levels

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  • Iron serves many functions in your body, primarily to bind the hemoglobin molecule and serve as a carrier of oxygen to your tissues. While low amounts of iron can lead to poor health, too much of it can lead to severe health problems.
  • Iron deficiency anemia is a common problem among children and menstruating women. Although anemia is easy to diagnose, it can be difficult to pinpoint its underlying cause.
  • Excess iron can build up in your body because your body has a limited capacity to excrete it. Eating processed foods and multivitamins fortified with iron can lead to iron overload, which can lead to oxidative damage, as well as certain health conditions.
  • If you suspect low or high levels of iron, have your levels checked with a serum ferritin test before doing anything. The ideal range of serum ferritin is 40 to 60 ng/ml.
  • People with high iron levels can lower them by donating blood. Individuals with low levels can get naturally-occurring iron from high-quality, grass-fed meats.
  • Instead of taking ferrous sulfate, which is an inorganic form of iron, it’s safer to use carbonyl iron.

Enough iron is tremendously important to human life -- but too much can cause immense problems.

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