Iron is the nutrient that helps the blood move oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. Therefore, iron levels impact every bodily function at some level. Iron helps muscles store & use oxygen, it helps regulation of cell growth, it impacts cognitive development in children, and so much more.
Iron is literally the nutrient that feeds our body and our brain.
When people have low iron levels in their body, they are experiencing an iron deficiency. One can experience iron deficiency due to:
Depending on the severity of the deficiency, low iron levels can impact one’s immune system, memory, cognitive development, and in extreme cases it can also cause death. The most common symptoms of iron deficiency are:
In India, a staggering 53% of women (15-49 years) and 58.6% of children (6-59 months) are anaemic!
Iron deficiency impacts the learning and the earning potential of individuals. Lucky Shakti Leaf believes that in good health, people are one step closer to fulfilling their true potential.
Per USDA and Health Canada, the recommended iron levels depend on a person’s age & gender.
The iron requirements also depend on one’s lifestyle.
For example, iron requirement for vegans/ vegetarians is 1.8 times higher.
High performing athletes also require significantly more iron than an average individual.
There are two types of iron available in our diets- Heme iron and Non-Heme iron. Our bodies absorb Heme iron a lot more readily than Non-Heme iron.
Animal-based foods (meats, poultry, seafood, and fish) contain both Heme and Non-Heme iron, whereas
Plant-based foods (vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.) only contain Non-Heme iron.
Animal products (dairy & eggs) also contain Non-Heme iron.
Some iron-rich foods include