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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Iron sulfate, the most widely prescribed form of supplemental iron, can be constipating and irritating to the digestive tract. We recommend other forms, such as iron citrate, iron glycinate, and other types of chelated iron.


Function: Hemoglobin production to supply oxygen to cells, collagen synthesis, normal immune function

Sources: Liver and organ meats, beef, legumes, dark-green leafy vegetables, kelp, blackstrap molasses

Deficiency Signs: Iron deficiency is characterized by fatigue, paleness, poor memory and concentration, developmental delays and behavioral disturbances, chronic colds, and weakened immunity, as well as a craving for indigestible materials (e.g., pencils, dirt, ice).

Optimal Intake: Men-10 mg

Women with a normal cycle or no cycle-10 mg

Women with a heavy cycle-20 mg

Toxicity: Too much iron is associated with an increased risk for developing heart disease and cancer. Acute iron poisoning in children can result in damage to the intestinal tract, liver failure, nausea and vomiting, shock, and death.

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