Iron deficiency and B-12-folic acid deficiency are one of the most common causes of anemia. This disorder reduces the amount of oxygen available to the cells of the body. Many people with anemia experience a lack of energy, concentration and dizziness, because it impairs the formation of red blood cells that may be caused by insufficient iron intake and absorption, or by a significant loss of blood. This may be seen in women who experience heavy menstrual cycles. There may be hormonal imbalances, fibroids or even cancer due to the blood loss, so it’s important to see a doctor to rule out these conditions.

Children have a higher percentage of iron deficiency, which can bee seen by a lack of energy, poor concentration, loss of appetite, headaches and irritability. Pale lips and eyelids and brittle nails may be indications in those who are anemic.

Another form of anemia is called Pernacious Anemia. This is a severe disorder due to the lack of vitamin B-12, in which people can’t absorb any form of B-12 in the gastrointestinal tract. This type of anemia seems to be hereditary and affects the nervous system as well as the digestive system.

Iron-rich foods are essential for building healthy red blood cells. These foods include liver, organ meats, figs, blackstrap molasses, beets, dark green vegetables, beans and whole grains. All foods rich in vitamin C, enhance the absorption of iron. It’s important to stay away from sodas, beer, coffee, candies and dairy products because these interfere with the absorption of iron. You can improve your red blood cell count by using a product called Floradix Liquid Iron, which can be purchased in health food stores. Another product I recommend is Red Beet Crystals can also found in most health food stores. This product aids in boosting the red blood cells as well as rids the liver of exposure to toxic substances, chemicals and metals.

It’s very important to have a complete blood test yearly, to determine whether there is a deficiency. If you experience signs of weakness, hair loss, brittle nails, and pale skin, contact your health care professional for an evaluation. Too much iron in the body can damage the liver, pancreas, heart, and has been linked to cancer. Use iron supplements only under the supervision of your doctor.

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