All About Trace Minerals, Starting With Iron

iron-spinachNext in our series A to Zinc, we look at trace minerals. Trace minerals, or microminerals, are required in far smaller amounts (less than 100 mg/day) than macrominerals. Each has a specific biochemical function in the human body. There are 17 microminerals, and arguably the most well-known and supplemented is Iron.

Iron plays a key role in the formation of hemoglobin and myoglobin, a protein which takes oxygen from hemoglobin and stores it in the tissues until it is needed. It also assists in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for cellular energy and proper cell functioning; Continue reading “All About Trace Minerals, Starting With Iron”

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How to Boost Iron for Vegetarians

Last week I wrote about the powerful antioxidant potential when you combined ellagic acid and quercetin. This week’s dynamic duo is targeted toward vegetarians: iron and vitamin C.

Getting enough iron for vegetarians can be difficult. If your diet is mostly plant-based, you probably rely on tofu, legumes and spinach to get the iron you need. These are all iron-rich foods, however, your body actually only absorbs about 20% of the iron found in plants (non-heme iron). The solution: vitamin C.  Vitamin C triples the bioavailability of non-heme iron  by changing it to a more absorbable form called ferrous iron.

Iron is an essential mineral and its most important job is to carry oxygen throughout the body. Without enough of it, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells is called iron deficiency anemia – and is perhaps one of the reasons you may be feeling exhausted. So make sure that you if you rely on veggies or legumes for your iron source, you are combining them with some foods rich in vitamin c.  Continue reading “How to Boost Iron for Vegetarians”

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