Theta Iron

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Iron is called the energy giver. It attracts oxygen and builds blood. Along with manganese and copper it is necessary for health blood chemistry and is essential for recovery from illness.

It is stored in the blood, bone marrow, liver and spleen with trace amounts in every organ. Iron is one of the most common deficiencies in men as well as women, although women require more iron than men because of their menstrual cycle. Without sufficient iron, the body cannot manufacture enough new hemoglobin packed blood cells, (the red cell protein that transports oxygen in blood). Iron helps the body to rid itself of carbon dioxide and keeps liver tissue soft.

Iron combines with other nutrients to produce vital blood proteins and is involved in food metabolism, digestion, elimination, circulation, and helps maintain sufficiently high blood pressure. Vitamin C improves iron absorption.

Non-Heme and Heme Iron

Heme Iron is found in animal sources. It is highly available for absorption. Non-heme iron is found in vegetable sources and it is less available.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

  • Anemia

  • Anorexia

  • Brittle nails

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Dizziness

  • Dysphasia

  • Fatigue/lack of stamina

  • Fragile bones

  • Growth retardation

  • Hair loss

  • Headaches

  • Ice eating (pica)

  • Unnaturally pale skin

Food Sources of Iron

Heme Iron

  • beef, liver

  • beef, corned

  • beef, lean ground; 10% fat

  • beef, round

  • beef, chuck

  • beef, flank

  • chicken, breast w/out bone

  • chicken, leg w/bone

  • chicken, liver

  • chicken, thigh w/ bone

  • cod, broiled

  • flounder, baked

  • pork, lean ham

  • pork, loin chop

  • salmon, pink canned

  • shrimp, 10 - 2 1/2 inch

  • tuna, canned in water

  • turkey, dark meat

  • turkey, white meat

Non-Heme Iron

  • acorn squash, baked

  • almonds, raw

  • apricots, dried

  • asparagus

  • bagel

  • baked beans, canned

  • blackstrap molasses

  • bran

  • brazil nuts

  • bread, white or whole wheat

  • broccoli, cooked or raw

  • brown rice

  • cashews, dry roasted

  • cod, broiled

  • collards

  • dandelion greens

  • dates

  • dried beans and peas

  • dried fruits

  • egg yolk

  • enriched rice, cooked

  • fortified breakfast cereal

  • kale

  • kidney beans

  • legumes

  • lima beans, cooked

  • macaroni, enriched, cooked

  • millet

  • molasses, blackstrap

  • oats

  • peanut butter, chunky

  • peas, frozen and prepared

  • prune juice

  • prunes, dried

  • pumpkin seeds

  • raisins, not packed, seedless

  • red kidney beans, cooked

  • rice, brown, cooked

  • rice, white enriched, cooked

  • seeds

  • soybean nuts

  • spaghetti, enriched, cooked

  • spinach, boiled or cooked

  • vegetables

  • vitamin supplements

  • wheat

  • whole grains

Note: Reasonable amounts of iron are also found in lamb, pork, and shellfish.