Health

Archive for June 3rd, 2011

MINERALS: IRON

Functions: Forms red blood cells and is vital part of the pigment haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body; converts blood sugar to energySources:   Liver, meat, chicken, eggs, fish, green leafy vegetables, pulses, wholegrains, dried fruitCauses of Deficiency:     Heavy periods, pregnancy, poor diet, vegetarian diets (the vegetable sources of iron are harder to absorb than the animal sources), gastric ulcersDeficiency Signs   Anaemia, pallor, fatigue, shortness of breath,   encourages growth of Candida, irritability, lowered resistance to infection.Function:   Vital in enzyme activity; needed for health of all cells and for healing of wounds and burnsSources:   Meat, nuts, seeds, pulses, wholegrains, seafoodsCauses of  Deficiency:    Poor diet, dieting, adolescence, old age, bowel disorders, alcoholism; tranquillizers and sleeping pills are known to block the absorption of zinc (and it is likely that other minerals and vitamins are lost as well); profuse sweatingDeficiency Signs Acne, inflamed eyes, sore mouth and tongue, slow healing of wounds, white spots on nails,inflammation around nails, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, anorexia nervosa, hair loss.*145\326\8*