5 Reasons Why You Might Need Iron Supplements

So, with all that iron found in everyday foods, how could people run low on iron? There are several reasons: 

Inadequate dietary intake: Your body obtains iron from the foods you eat. If your iron consumptions are low, over time your body can become iron deficient. Vegetarians, vegans and other people who don't eat meat are at higher risk of having iron-deficiency anemia if other iron-rich foods are not included in their diet. In addition, some foods interfere with iron absorption. Plant-based foods that are good sources of iron, like spinach, are poorly absorbed by the body because they contain iron-absorption inhibitors. 

 

Chronic blood loss: Your blood contains iron within its red blood cells. So when blood is lost, you lose some iron as well. Women who menstruate, especially those with heavy periods are at risk of iron deficiency anemia due to the blood lost during menstruation. People who had major surgery or physical trauma are also at risk. 

Constant blood loss within the body, such as blood loss from the gastrointestinal tract due to gastritis, esophagitis, ulcers in the stomach or bowel, hemorrhoids, or tumors in the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, or colon, can cause iron-deficiency anemia.  

 

Frequent blood donations: Some iron is removed from your body after a blood donation. Typically people start producing red blood cells right after donation and have no problem restoring what is lost during the process, maintaining healthy blood-iron levels. However, frequent donors may lose sufficient amounts of blood over time which depletes their body’s stores of iron. 

 

Vigorous exercise: Athletes are susceptible to iron deficiency anemia because endurance exercise increases the body’s need for iron in many ways. For example, hard training raises the heart rate and causes the body and brain to need more oxygen, this need for oxygen promotes red blood cell production in the body. In order to produce red blood cells iron is necessary, this increase in iron demand and the iron lost through sweating reduces the body iron stores.

 

Increased iron requirements during pregnancy: During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body rises by about 20-30%, additionally, your iron stores are also a source of hemoglobin for the growing fetus. This increases the supply of iron that the body needs to make hemoglobin. When your body needs for iron exceed what is available, you are at risk of becoming iron deficient.

  

 

Iron supplements can be beneficial when people find it difficult to obtain enough iron through only dietary measures. Whether you’re a vegetarian, top athlete or a regular blood donor, your health can benefit from taking “clinically proven”, “slow-release” and “easy on the body” whole food iron supplements regularly, such as NeuTerre™ Whole Food Iron Supplements