Supplemental Sources of Iron
and Facts About Iron

Supplemental sources of iron should definitely be organic iron from foods like red meats and blackstrap molasses.

I think the best iron supplements should be as natural as you can get. 

Meats like liver and blackstrap molasses are not only a great source of iron, but also contain a good amount of B vitamins plus other vital minerals.

Learn some facts about iron to help you understand its role inside your body and learn about the better sources of iron.

Facts About Iron

  • Most common Nutrient Deficiency
  • You absorb 15 to 35% of Heme Iron
  • You absorb 2 to 20% of Non-Heme Iron
  • Essential part of Your Hemoglobin
  • Essential for Making Certain Enzymes
  • Involved with Bone Health & Bone Density
  • Co-factor to Enzymes involved with Growth
  • Essential part of Myoglobin in Muscles
  • Promotes the Formation of Carnitine
  • Helps with ATP Production & DNA Synthesis
  • Involved in Serotonin and Dopamine Synthesis
  • Important for Normal Brain Function
  • Important for Healthy Immune System
  • Helps to alleviate Weakness & Dizziness

Best Supplemental Sources of Iron

One of the best sources of iron will be foods that are high in heme iron like beef liver which can provide 5.4 mg. of iron per 3 oz. serving.

And there are many types of liver that you can try - to add more of this organic iron into your diet.

And seafood like oysters and mussels can deliver that amount of organic iron and contain the better absorbed heme iron as well.

Vitamin C can enhance and even triple the absorption of the non-heme iron found in plant foods especially if your meal also contains heme iron.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses has been used for supplemental sources of iron by the older generations.

In addition to iron, blackstrap molasses has calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and important B vitamins.  And minerals like copper and B vitamins are very involved with the utilization of iron.

Blackstrap has been used as a "blood builder" for centuries. There are even claims that people have reversed gray hair with the consumption of this syrup.

Blackstrap molasses is the third boiling of cane sugar which results in a dark colored and strong tasting syrup.  And it is also considered a low glycemic sweetener.

You can add this syrup to pancakes, water, milk, cereals, and smoothies if you so desire. One tablespoon will give you approximately 3.5 mg of iron.

The best blackstrap molasses to use as supplemental sources of iron will be unsulfured and organic.

More Facts About Iron

People most at risk of developing an iron deficiency are usually in third world countries where meat consumption is scarce.  However, many conditions may put you at risk for an iron deficiency.

People who consume High Amounts of Coffee

Women who experience Heavy Menstruation Cycles

People under Great Stress

People with Celiac Disease

People who use Aspirin Regularly

Growing Children

Pregnant and Lactating Women

Vegans and Strict Vegetarians

Athletes and Teenagers

Eating Processed & Fast Foods

Iron RDA

Females

  • 7 to 12 months..........11 milligrams
  • 1 to 3 years...............7 milligrams
  • 4 to 8 years..............10 milligrams
  • 9 to 13 years..............8 milligrams
  • 14 to 18 years...........15 milligrams
  • 19 to 50 years...........18 milligrams
  • 51+ years...................8 milligrams

Males

  • 7 to 12 months..........11 milligrams
  • 1 to 3 years...............7 milligrams
  • 4 to 8 years..............10 milligrams
  • 9 to 13 years..............8 milligrams
  • 14 to 18 years...........11 milligrams
  • 19 to 50 years.............8 milligrams
  • 51+ years...................8 milligrams

Best Iron Supplements?

Organic iron will probably be better absorbed and probably less constipating than inorganic forms of iron supplements.

And the best iron supplements are more natural and I would only recommend Floradix liquid (gluten free).

Inorganic supplements like ferrous sulfate are known to cause great intestinal distress like flatulence and constipation. This type of iron is also known to destroy vitamin E.

Organic iron includes ferrous gluconate, ferrous citrate, ferrous peptonate, and ferrous succinate.

Inorganic iron includes ferrous sulfate, ferrous fumarate, and ferrous phosphate.

Unfortunately ferrous sulfate is the most common form of iron you'll find in iron supplements and in iron enriched foods.

Excessive iron can be toxic to your body, so speaking to a health care provider and possibly taking a blood test or two before taking iron supplements may be a good idea.

Facts About Iron - The Best Iron Supplements are Food!

Foods will be the best supplemental sources of iron and come with many other properties than just the mineral itself. 

Most iron supplements are fragmented and some even come from "unusable" sources like nails - which means that it will not be very effective to help you with an iron deficiency or Anemia.

Foods will be the best iron supplements because your body will actually recognize and use this type of organic iron.


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