Iron 101: Facts About Iron
Why is iron important anyway? How does it affect our lifestyle?
The nutrient that feeds your body & your brain.
Iron is the nutrient that helps blood move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and it helps muscles store & use oxygen.
Low iron levels can impact :
- Energy levels
- Performance at work / school
- Cognitive development
- Learning & Earning potential
Symptoms of low iron include:
- Brittle Nails
- Hair Loss
- Feeling Weak
- Constantly Tired
- Shortness of Breath
- Heart Palpitations
- Pale Complexion
- Frequent Nausea
Extreme cases of iron deficiency can be fatal, and are usually treated with blood transfusions.
If left untreated, iron deficiency can make people more susceptible to illness and infection.
Who Does Iron Deficiency Impact?
Though everyone is susceptible to developing iron deficiency or anemia at different times in their lives, particular groups of people are more at risk than others.
- Women; especially during pregnancy.
- Children; especially in their early years when they are still developing cognitive functions. Learn More
- People with low levels of iron in their diet (e.g. vegetarians & vegans). Learn More
- High-performance athletes. Learn More
What Foods Are Rich In Iron?
There are two types of iron available in our diets- Heme iron and Non-Heme iron.
Animal-based foods (meats, poultry, seafood, and fish) contain both Heme and Non-Heme iron,
Animal products (dairy & eggs) also contain Non-Heme iron, whereas
Plant-based foods (vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.) only contain Non-Heme iron.
Our bodies absorb Heme iron a lot more readily than Non-Heme iron. Some iron-rich foods include:
- Liver and other Organ Meats
- Shellfish- such as oysters, clams, mussels
- Steak and other red meats
- Chicken, Turkey, Duck and other poultry
- Dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)
- Legumes- such as chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, kidney beans
- Nuts & seeds, especially pumpkin seeds
How Much Iron Do I Need?
Per USDA and Health Canada, your recommended iron levels depend on your age & gender.
Your iron requirements also depend on the type of lifestyle you lead.
For example, iron requirement for vegans/ vegetarians is 1.8 times higher. Daily recommended iron intake is also higher for high performing athletes.
*Please speak to your healthcare provider to make sure the product is right for you.
How Does The Lucky Iron Fish Compare With Other Iron-Rich Foods?
The Lucky Iron Fish releases 6-8mg of natural, easily absorbable iron per use. See how that compares with other iron-rich foods:
Iron Deficiency Resource Guide:
5 MYTHS ABOUT IRON DEFICIENCY + LUCKY IRON FISH
PREVENTING IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA DURING PREGNANCY OR NURSING
HOW IRON DEFICIENCY CAN HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT ON IMMUNE SYSTEM
IS LOW IRON NEGATIVELY IMPACTING YOUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING?
TIRED OF BEING TIRED?
HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR IRON LEVELS
5 TIPS FOR ALLEVIATING IRON DEFICIENCY
PMS-ING? PREVENT IRON DEFICIENCY DURING THAT TIME OF THE MONTH
ANEMIA DOUBLES THE RISK OF DEATH FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
6 KID-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS FOR IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA
OTHER VALUABLE ARTICLES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT LUCKY IRON FISH