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Iron in Your Blood

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  • While iron is essential for human life, too much iron can cause heart disease and cancer. This is actually far more common than iron deficiency
  • Checking your iron levels is one of the most important tests that everyone should have done on a regular basis as part of a preventive, proactive health screen; it can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test; your ferritin level should be between 20 and 80 ng/ml, and 40 to 60 is ideal. If your iron levels are elevated or you have hemochromatosis, donating your blood or obtaining a prescription for therapeutic phlebotomy is one of the best solutions
  • There is speculation that the genetic mutation linked to hemochromatosis may have emerged to help protect ancient humans from iron deficiency resulting from a switch from a hunter-gatherer “Paleo” diet to one based on carb-heavy farming

By Dr. Mercola

Iron is essential for human life, as it is a key part of various proteins and enzymes, involved in the transport of oxygen and the regulation of cell growth and differentiation, among many other uses.


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