Fri 13 Jul, 2012 08:45 pm
Iron deficiency anemia as it’s called can have several symptoms including; Poor concentration, Chronic fatigue, dizziness, irritability and weakness. All of these symptoms may not be present, these symptoms can be caused by a range of other things too. So the only way to know if you are have Iron deficiency anemia is to get a blood test. A common myth about Iron is that the best source of it is from meat perpetuated by the meat industry of course. The truth is that all iron comes from the ground and where plants absorb it through their roots. UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that only 17 per cent comes from eating meat, three per cent from fish and a staggering 80 per cent comes from vegetarian foods. Cereals make the single biggest contribution of 44 per cent.
Iron is important in the diet because it’s what gives haemoglobin the ability to transport oxygen through-out the body. Iron is complicated because we have to have a balanced amount of iron, too much iron can lead to toxicity. People with a high level of iron stored in their bodies are more likely to die from heart disease. Another negative effect of too much iron is it’s tendency to oxidize (damage) bad cholesterol that clogs arteries. Causing damage to cholesterol makes it even more dangerous and the chemical reaction that causes it is thought to also damage heart cells directly, make this a very effective attack on the heart.
Milk is a low source of iron, but not only that it actually inhabits iron absorption from other foods. Vitamin C is thought to increase iron absorption so a class of orange juice could be good to drink with red meat ‘rich’ in iron.
What do you guys think does this all sound like a crock of **** to you?