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Iron: Health Benefits and Risks of Overload

Dietary iron is probably best known for its role as an oxygen transporter within the body. As part of the blood protein hemoglobin it picks up oxygen in the lungs and carries it to the cells throughout the body. For this reason and also because of its role in activating T-cells and enhancing the ability of white blood cells to fight bacteria, iron is an essential part of a functional immune system. Approximately two thirds […]

When More Vitamins and Minerals Are Needed

Although our knowledge about nutrition has grown tremendously over the past few decades, there is still some disagreement among the experts on the exact amount of vitamins and minerals the average person needs. The standard recommended dietary allowances may be fine for a typical adult, but they are often too low (or in some cases too high), for individuals in special circumstances, such as pregnancy or advancing age. Therefore, some people may need to consider […]

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that is caused by having inadequate iron in your body. It is both, relatively easy to treat and common. The three main causes of this type of anemia are the inability to absorb sufficient iron from food, a poor diet and blood loss. Your body needs iron to make red blood cells or erythrocytes. When your body does not have sufficient iron available to make erythrocytes, it dips into […]

Diet and Immunity

Although vitamins and minerals alone cannot cure or prevent an infection, extra doses of certain nutrients do seem to reduce the severity of some infectious diseases. It goes without saying that a long-lasting vitamin deficiency is an invitation to disease. A vigorous immune system is all that stands between us and perpetual infection while dietary nutrients are known to have a significant impact on the status of our immune system. Some experts even suggest that […]