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The Real Benefits of Iron

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  • Thank You for a great article.
  • Another article written so long ago.
  • Informative article and valuable members' comment. TQ.
  • I do love meat but red meat stays with you such a long time.
  • I eat lots of food rich in iron but my Dr says my iron levels are low. Funny he seems concerned but never recommended an iron supplement. Hmmmm.
  • Have taken prescribed supplements for 5 years and my iron levels are spot on. Listen to your docs.
    I have a really hard time getting enough iron, although almost everything I eat contains iron, just not enough. I was feeling really good for a while, but that's gone away, now I'm always tired. I did get blood tests recently and my hemoglobin is low, but my doctor didn't seem concerned.
  • I think a blanket statement that a woman over 50 only needs as much iron as a male is misleading. I am 54 but not menopausal yet so I would think I need more iron than a male.
  • It should be noted that excess iron can be toxic, and even deadly, particularly for people with hemochromatosis - a prevalent genetic condition in which your body does not shed excess iron and stores it within your organs. So rather than assume you need iron, please ensure you are tested first to be on the safe side.
    I have battled iron issues forever - particularly when pregnant. I am a 6-year vegetarian and caved to pressure to eat beef while pregnant. It made me feel terrible after staying away from it for so long, and I had guilt over eating an animal as well. I put my foot down, chose to get iron through non-animal sources thereafter, and I've been fine since. Meat, in my opinion, is the worst way to get nutrients. That is an animal's blood you know - there are more humane ways that won't make your digestive system feel horrible after.
  • About a year after losing 200 lbs , exercising daily, doing 5K, 10K, having all the energy one can want, I started to feel exhausted in a short time. Some days having very little energy. Or one day feeling pretty good, next day wiped out. After many tests, was discovered I was anemic. i was eating lots of protein, but not absorbing iron as I should. I take B-12, iron capsule, and B-12 shots. I eat red meat, mostly liver, has the most iron. Lots of iron rich greens. It's a struggle some days to fight the sever fatigue .
    But there are many reasons one can be tired, . So if you have any of the symptoms listed, don't diagnose yourself. See a doctor, and if you have to a Specialist.
    I am in hopes that the prescribed treatments will be enough to get me back on track.
    Not looking forward to this continuing or more complicated treatments .
  • Top sources of iron are green veggies and beef? Lol, looks like I'm golden.

    I don't see why red meat gets such a flak with dieters. Cuts like sirloin are actually pretty lean, and then the fat you're getting is coming from a 100% natural source. My meals can generally be summed up by half chicken or pork in olive oil, and half cheap cuts of steak that don't need any other fats added to it.
  • I rarely eat red meat, am a big fan of legumes, whole grains, dark leafy greens, seafood and some poultry. Because I'm trying to increase both my protein and iron intakes, I did have a small steak last night. I did great on protein, but bombed on iron! It's tricky to balance certain nutritional needs while at the same time staying under my calorie limit. So the quest continues to find the right balance. I might consider a supplement at some point. Was anemic once and borderline 2-3 times, and it's a drag to recover from.
  • Although the picture shows beef I did not get the impression that I have to give up vegetarianism in order to get iron. As for celtchic's comment, ranking foods in order of iron content isn't the whole picture. Meat sources of iron are heme-iron, a more readily-absorbed form of iron. The vegetable sources are non-heme iron, which are less easily absorbed but still healthy. As previous posters wrote, vitamin C can enhance absorption, and other factors can block absorption (phytates like in leafy greens, tannins in tea, and other factors). Iron supplementation should be individualized, like the article says - talk to your doctor before starting supplementation.

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