HFE Magazine

October 10, 2017

Iron Deficiency: Cause, Effect and Solution

Filed under: Immune Health — Tags: , — Gail @ 1:46 pm

from MegaFood

Iron is a mineral that is vital to our health, and, according to the WHO, the most common nutrient deficiency in the world, affecting over two BILLION people. Iron is best known for its role in maintaining healthy blood. It forms the basis of the protein hemoglobin, which is found in the blood, and is in charge of carrying oxygen from our lungs to all the other tissues of the body. That’s a big job! In fact, over 60% of the iron in our bodies is found in hemoglobin.

When there isn’t enough iron in the body, our ability to create normal red blood cells declines, and our oxygen-carrying army of red blood cells doesn’t have enough soldiers to perform the mission optimally. This means less oxygen to the muscles, which can lead to fatigue, feelings of weakness, and a tendency to get colder faster. Yikes!

If you’ve ever taken iron supplements before, you’re likely aware of the all-too-common and rather unpleasant side effects. Things like stomach upset and constipation can make it understandably hard to stick to iron-support. When asked what makes Megafood’s Blood Builder unique, Stacey Gillespie (Director of Innovation) said it’s all about the form:

Blood Builder delivers iron in nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae if you want to get specific!). That means it’s delivered with essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and proteins that iron would naturally be found with in plants – it’s never alone! This makes it easier for the body to digest (no more upset!), as well as be more-effectively utilized by the body.

If you’re in need of iron support, but have been burned in past attempts, Stacey has this to say: “Try Blood Builder; you have nothing to lose! Ultimately, you won’t have the negative side effects you would with other iron, and you will feel the difference.” Want to learn even MORE? Visit our previously published article about the power of plants to learn what makes the Iron in Blood Builder so special.

Blood Builder, by the most basic definition, is an iron-support supplement that naturally combats fatigue and helps improves energy levels. Yet Blood Builder is more than just an iron-support product.

It was truly designed to build the blood, and help maintain healthy red blood cells. Just like all other nutrients, iron doesn’t work in a vacuum, and it’s not the only one to consider when we talk about the health of the blood. Here are some of iron’s helpers:

  • Vitamin C helps aid absorption of iron, so making sure your iron supplement also contains vitamin C is important!
  • Folate is another partner-nutrient to consider. Folate is involved in the production of healthy red blood cells, and low folate levels can also lead to less-than-optimal red blood cell levels.
  • The same can be said for vitamin B12 – it’s vital for the functioning of our red and white blood cells.

You’ll find all of these in Blood Builder – that’s a lot of support packed into a little tablet!

Before you rush out to grab all the Blood Builder off the shelf, here are some parting thoughts to consider:

  • Women in their reproductive years have greater iron needs than those that no longer experience a monthly cycle. A.k.a., if you’re menstruating, you’re more likely to need supplemental iron.
  • Men should not supplement with iron unless directed to do so by their healthcare practitioner
  • Ask to have your iron levels checked at your next doctor check-in. Consider iron supplementation if your levels are less than optimal.
  • Those following a vegetarian or vegan diet tend to get less dietary iron, and may want to consider supplementation.
  • Those who do not eat baked good, gluten or noodles get less iron in their diet than those who do eat these things because they are not consuming the iron fortified flour.
  • Iron toxicity is a real thing, so when in doubt, talk to your doctor and have your levels checked!


Opinions expressed on this blog are those of the writer and have not been reviewed by the FDA, CDC or other 'medical authorities'. Therefore, any products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but rather are dietary supplements intended solely for nutritional use.

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