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Daily dose of food for thought: Iron

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Daily dose of food for thought: Iron. We all need it, and if you’re a woman of child-bearing age, you need more than the rest of us. But did you know that our bodies, wonderfully made that they are, have the ability to perfectly regulate the amount of iron it absorbs at any given time depending on what it needs? However, that only works with non-heme iron, iron that comes from plants. So if we eat broccoli, for instance, our body will only take the amount of iron that it needs. If we are low, we absorb more. Not so with heme iron, though. That’s the iron that comes from animals. Our bodies just keep absorbing all the heme (blood) iron that we eat, even if it’s too much for our needs. Too much iron in our system is being linked to memory problems and Alzheimer’s. All the iron that men, and women over 50, need is 8 milligrams per day. Women between 19-50 need 18 milligrams per day. And you can get all the iron you need from green leafy vegetables, beans, whole grains, and dried fruit.

Bon appétit!

3 Comments »

This would make me wonder in a country full of meat eaters – would meat be a contributing problem for the rise in Alzheimers’. In the southern New Jersey area, it was estimated that the amount of cases is over 50,000 and rising. Jules

July 31st, 2014 | 1:13 am
Kathy@WFN:

Yes, I do agree that the high meat consumption very likely plays a part in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In his book “Power Foods for the Brain,” Dr. Neal Barnard cites a 2010 study which shows a link between too much iron in the blood and poor cognition in older adults. In addition, hemochromatosis, which is the buildup of iron in the blood, can lead to heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. It can also make us feel tired, sore, and weak. We do need some iron, but if we get too much, problems arise. Plant derived iron is therefore safer than that derived from animals.

July 31st, 2014 | 12:01 pm

Wonderful information! Thank you for publishing all this great stuff in one place 🙂 Beautiful website by the way!!

August 4th, 2014 | 10:13 am
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