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Are You At Risk Or Iron Deficiency

Posted Apr 13 2009 11:16pm

Vitamins are crucial to every part of our bodies. Using supplements to help boost iron vitamin levels is a good idea, especially for iron vitamins. For anyone with an iron deficiency, an iron supplement is a must.

Iron is an essential nutrient so it’s something we need to make sure we’re getting enough of. Iron deficiency is especially prominent among women. Many foods contain iron, especially meats, with red meat probably being the best source of iron.

If you’re not sure you have an iron deficiency here are a few tell tale signs.
- Weakness or lack of energy
- dizziness
- Consistent headaches
- Head rushes or white specs in your vision
These are the easiest to notice, but there can be more serious symptoms, so if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms go to your doctor and have some tests done.

Iron deficiency is much more common in women than in men. Women generally need more iron than men, especially pregnant women. Iron helps make up hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to the cells. Pregnancy increases the amount of oxygen used which increases hemoglobin production thereby increasing the need for iron. Women also use up a lot of iron during their menstrual cycle, because of the blood loss, there is a lack of iron.
Adults don’t need as much iron as children. Because children are growing, they are constantly using nutrients to fuel their growth. Iron deficiency is something all parents need to be aware of, children need iron to grow and stay healthy. A multivitamin containing iron is a good choice for children who are not eating an iron rich diet.

If you’re a vegetarian you are going to have a harder time getting enough iron, it’s still doable without supplements, but you need to make an active effort to ensure you are eating plenty of iron rich foods. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, nuts and soy products. If you believe you are iron deficient, see your doctor to have some tests run.

Diets can easily make you iron deficient, you need to make sure the diet is a balanced one. If you’re on a diet that is low in iron, you’ll probably need a supplement, not only for iron but for other vitamins as well. Especially if you want to keep your energy levels high in order to exercise and speed up weight loss.

As you can see iron supplements are needed by many people. Because of the side effects of iron overdose, only those with iron deficiencies should take iron supplements. Staying healthy isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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