Iron is a carrier of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen is needed all over the body for life and healthy living. Anemia is a common disease in which blood cells aren’t fit to carry the oxygen throughout the body. People feel tired, & cold. When you lose a significant amount of blood you feel colder than normal and lightheaded. It is because of lower amounts of oxygen to your different systems.

• What it does: iron is a part of the blood that carries oxygen to the organs and muscles in our body.

• Good Sources: clams, beef steak, navy beans, black beans, enriched cereal, spinach, Swiss chard, beef liver

• What happens if you consume too much of it: stomach and Intestinal distress, infections, fatigue, joint pain, skin pigmentation, organ damage
• How much is too much: more than 45 mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: anemia, fatigue, apathy, feeling cold, impaired immunity

• Daily Requirement Intake: Men=8 mg/day

Women (19-50 years) = 18 mg/day

Women (> 51years) = 8 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.