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Are You Getting Enough Iron?

The following list of symptoms may help you recognize iron deficiency:

* Attention Difficulty
* Fatigue- chronic
* Pale skin (not lack of tan but white/ no pink or yellow undertones)
* Hyperactivity- often in children
* Brittle, ridged fingernails
* Spoon shaped fingernails
* Chronic dull headaches
* Inflammation of the tongue
* Urge to chomp on ice, chew gum constantly, bite nails, and gnaw on fingers
* Urge to eat nonfoods (sand, dirt, paint)
* Sensitivity to cold
* PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)
* Menstrual clots
* Mental sluggishness
* Depression
* Fatigued after exercise rather than energized

Iron is needed to deliver oxygen in the blood. It is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies among infants, young children, menstruating women and the elderly. A deficiency may also indicate the presence of an ulcer, with or without symptoms. Exercise increases the rate at which iron is exhausted in the blood hemoglobin.

“The ancient Greeks mixed iron with wine as an elixir to help restore age-related sexual dysfunction. Iron plays a key role in the essential enzyme activity of every cell in the body.”

Iron is conveniently found in liver, raisins, spinach, black pepper, prunes, sweet potatoes, celery, carrot root and in herbs such as : dandelion leaf, chickweed, butterbur, common thyme, burdock root, catnip plant, marshmallow root, milk thistle, uva ursi leaf, sassafras leaf, sarsaparilla root, crampbark, dill, spirulina, peppermint, oregano, fenugreek, lemongrass, valerian, basil, and many more herbs and spices. Some of the most easily absorbed foods are herbs and spices. Desiccated liver is another more absorbable means of iron and easily taken in a supplement form.

If you can answer yes to 3 or more of these symptoms, you may be anemic. Contact Sandra Lowry CNC, a certified nutritional consultant for further evaluation.

This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Ms. Lowry can be reached at or by phone at (479) 715-6772


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