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  • Research shows you’re around 400% more likely to have too much iron than not enough – and this can pose serious risks to your health
  • In one study of more than 1,000 people, only 3 percent were iron deficient, but 13 percent had iron overload
  • Your body has a limited capacity to excrete iron, which means it can easily build up in organs like your liver, heart and pancreas; this is a dangerous occurrence because iron is a potent oxidizer that can damage your body tissues
  • Excess iron has been linked to cancer, cirrhosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more
  • One of the only ways your body can get rid of excess iron is by bleeding; as a result, most premenopausal women who are menstruating rarely suffer from iron overload, however most adult men and postmenopausal women tend to be at a much higher risk
  • Checking your iron levels is easy and can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test; this is one of the most important preventive screening tests to consider
  • If you iron levels are high, donating your blood is a safe, effective and inexpensive solution; if a blood donor center is unable to accept your blood for donation you can obtain a prescription for therapeutic phlebotomy

By Dr. Mercola

It seems like everywhere you look on food shelves today, from the baby food aisle to the dairy case, just about everything is fortified with iron.


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