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The Body’s Need for Iron

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The importance of iron in your body can NOT be stressed enough. It is essential for the production of hemoglobin (oxygen in red blood cells), which carries oxygen throughout your body.

Enzymes in your body that contain iron are needed to keep your energy levels up and keep you moving and thinking. They protect your cells from free radicals so you are able to fight off disease and infection, and help to build muscles and bones, and in the growth of healthy hair, nails and skin.iron foods

These enzymes are extremely important in the production of DNA, and in the healing and reproductive systems within your body.

Iron is essential to all animals and plants, and is usually found in much of the food we eat, and is often fortified in many of the manufactured foods we eat today. You can find rich sources of iron naturally in the following foods:

  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Garbanzo, Kidney & Navy beans
  • Green beans
  • Lentils
  • Mushrooms
  • Organ meats (liver, heart, kidney)
  • Parsley
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Seafood (clams, shrimp)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spanish black radish
  • Spinach
  • Wheat germ

If you body is not able to take in enough iron from the foods you eat you can take supplements, but you must manage this carefully. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, among other conditions, have been linked to iron overload. It is advisable to consult your health care professional before taking supplements.

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Christopher Burton, M.D.

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Christopher Burton, M.D. is a physician, speaker, coach and trainer, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specialized in Physiatry - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), which is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. In addition to his practice, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, schools and travels internationally discussing treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Burton you can view his personal website at: http://christopherburtonmd.com

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