Iron (low iron, low serum ferritin)
Iron is the mineral found in the largest amounts in the blood cells. The function of iron is the production of hemoglobin and myoglobin (the form of hemoglobin found in muscle), and the oxygenation of red blood cells. It is essential for a healthy immune system, energy production, growth and for many enzymes. Iron deficiency is most often caused by insufficient dietary intake of iron. It could also result from excessive bleeding, long term illness, ulcers, prolonged use of antacids, excessive coffee or tea consumption or poor diet. Symptoms include anemia, brittle hair, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, fatigue, fragile bones, hair loss, nails with ridges, nervousness, obesity and slow mental reactions.
A chelated iron supplement should contain 45 mg of chelated iron per capsule, which is non-constipating, providing bioavailability superior to inorganic iron. This product is ideal for patients with grade-one iron deficiency (serum ferritin between 12-20 ug/dL). This product also contains other vitamins and minerals (heme factors) required for red blood cell production and hemoglobin and for the enhancement of iron absorption. Iron deficiency is the leading nutrient deficiency world-wide, including North America. Infants, teenagers and women in their child-bearing years are most commonly affected. Once the person reaches the stage of iron-deficiency anemia, then a prescription iron is required to re-store their iron and hemoglobin levels. Iron-deficiency anemia is a life-threatening state and must be treated medically.
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain nutrients which further help to prevent and reverse iron deficiency, and support production of red blood cells and hemoglobin.