Iron is a vital nutrient, and the most important source of iron in our diet, which is not well known, is sesame.
A significant amount of iron is also present in red meat, in oily fish, and the dark meat of chicken and turkey. Another excellent source of iron is in some nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dark green vegetables, and fortified breakfast cereals.
The World Health Organization estimates that 600-700 million people suffer from a form of iron deficiency. It is an assessment that makes iron deficiency the number one nutritional deficiency worldwide, especially in developing countries.
In some of these countries, blood loss may be the primary cause of the problem, for e.g. due to intestinal parasitosis. However, in Western Europe, the cause is usually due to an insufficient amount of this trace element in our daily diet.
What Problems Are Caused By Iron Deficiency?
Increasing intake of iron can change the lives of young people and adults. It is known that iron deficiency hinders brain function, affecting both memories and learning abilities, but it is not just the mind that suffers from a lack of iron.
Pregnant women and the elderly should also pay special attention of iron deficiency. If a pregnant woman has low iron stores, the increased requirements due to the developing fetus during the last 5-6 months of pregnancy, may tip the balance. Thus, this may cause iron deficiency anemia in the mother, affecting the development of the fetal brain negatively.
The elderly are also at risk, both because their diet is not very rich in iron and because the aging digestive system finds it difficult to absorb the iron that foods contain.
How To Find Out If You Suffer From Iron Deficiency
If you constantly feel tired and your face is pale, you are probably not getting enough iron in your diet, and you could be at risk of iron deficiency.
To confirm this suspicion, ask your doctor to conduct a blood test to measure levels of hemoglobin. Your doctor will be able to test and diagnose whether you are at risk of iron deficiency or if you already suffer from iron deficiency anemia.
Iron Deficiency Increases The Risk Of Stroke
It is crucial to learn whether iron deficiency in a human body increases the risk of stroke. British scientists recently discovered that iron deficiency makes the blood stickier, and this is a discovery that may help to prevent, at least some, stroke cases.
In recent years, studies have shown that iron deficiency is likely a high-risk factor for ischemic stroke in both adults and children.
Each year, about 16 million people worldwide suffer from a stroke. Nearly six million of these people finally die, and five million are left with a permanent disability.
Several of these cases could be avoided just by increasing the iron source in their diet.
The Richest Foods In Iron Sufficiency
The chart below can help you learn about the richest foods in Iron sufficiency:
Tip: When cooking a meal rich in iron (such as lentils), try to remember to drop two well-washed peel of orange or lemon in boiling. The Vitamin C that these fruits contain enables the body to absorb large amounts of iron.
Iron absorption in the body is reduced when consuming any of the following foods. Try not to eat iron-rich foods along with:
Stinging Nettle: A Great Herb For Iron Deficiency
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) are called “wergulu“, and it was one of the nine sacred herbs in the old Essex in the tenth century. The other sacred herbs were planting, chamomile, chervil, mugwort, crab apple, watercress, and fennel.
This plant grows in the countryside, in fields, along paths, along walls, in hedgerows, along fences, and amongst rubble.
- Stinging nettles have diuretic, analgesic, anticancer, anodyne, tonic, astringent, and depurative properties.
- Stinging nettles are beneficial as a spring and autumn blood cleanser and as a blood-building herb. The unclean blood causes most diseases, and this herb helps the body to be healthier.
Hippocrates (460-377 BC) ranked stinging nettles as first among the plants “panacea” (meaning when the herbs have multiple uses) and recommended the use of stinging nettles for the treatment of 61 known diseases.
The Indians used stinging nettles for treating acne, diarrhea, and infections of the urinary tract.
Stinging nettles contain Vitamin A (in higher amounts than carrots), B1, B2, B3, B5, E, and vitamin C. This plant is also an excellent source of vitamins like calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and many other essential trace elements. The leaves of this plant contain formic acid, chlorophyll, serotonin, acetylcholine, and tannins.
How To Make Stinging Nettle Tea
Boil some water and then pour it in a cup with one teaspoon of stinging nettles. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain and then drink up to three cups per day. Stinging nettle tea helps to provide your body with the necessary amount of iron.
Side Effects and Recommendations
Read all about the side effects and recommendations of stinging nettles’ safe use here:
Regardless of age or sex, iron deficiency leads to a reduced pain threshold. Furthermore, it interferes with the body’s temperature control mechanisms, increases the likelihood of hair loss and weakens the immune system, consequently making us more susceptible to infections.
Therefore, it is clear that we must be aware of the levels of iron in our diet to avoid an iron deficiency in our bodies.
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Learning to use herbs is a healing journey and a preventive way of living; nonetheless, herbs are not meant to take the place of your family doctor.
Herbs can be helpful allies in maintaining good health, but they can be powerful medications that should be treated with the same caution and respect as drugs, precisely, because herbs DO work.
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