The human body is not able to synthesize iron on its own, so its amount must be constantly replenished for the normal operation of all internal organs and systems. A large amount of iron takes part in the process of blood formation, and some of it is localized in the liver. The release of iron from food occurs in the small intestine, after which the substance travels to the spinal cord, where hemoglobin, the red pigment of the blood cells, is synthesized.
Hemoglobin is needed to move oxygen through the arteries from the lungs to every cell in the body, so you need to know what can make up for the lack of iron in the body, and what products are best to use.
Signs of Iron Deficiency
With a lack of iron in a person, concentration is disturbed, chronic fatigue appears, activity and performance decrease, colds are more likely to occur, nails and hair become brittle, the face skin becomes pale and appetite disappears. Iron deficiency is quite common in all countries of the world, its occurrence occurs as a result of a violation of the ratio between the intake of a substance and the body’s need for it.
In an adult, the body contains up to 5 g of iron, most of which is due to the formation of hemoglobin. Men lose up to 1 g of iron daily, while women of reproductive age lose up to 2 ml. This occurs as a result of blood loss during the separation of the cells of the stomach and intestines. Daily with food comes up to 15 mg of iron, but only 15% of this amount is absorbed from this amount. However, even so much iron can cover the physiological needs of the body, provided that there is no increased need for it.
Symptoms, causes and effects of iron deficiency
Iron deficiency in the human body, as a rule, is associated with malnutrition, which lacks this valuable material. Iron deficiency can cause pathological processes of the gastrointestinal system, when there is a violation of iron absorption and the normal course of metabolic processes. Often the loss of iron occurs during operations, injuries and heavy menstrual bleeding. There is a special risk group that includes nursing and pregnant women, convalescent patients, the elderly and athletes who are professionally involved in sports.
A lack of iron as a result can lead to the development of iron deficiency anemia, which affects people of any age. Especially often the disease occurs in young children under the age of two years and in adolescents in the period of active development and growth. Such a deficit will be very difficult to fill later, so parents need to pay attention in time to the accompanying symptoms of the disease. These include: rapid fatigue, frequent chills and pallor of the face. Adolescent girls are more often exposed to iron deficiency, especially during rapid growth, as well as the onset of menstruation. During one menstrual cycle, a woman can lose up to 20 ml of iron, and during heavy periods even more, therefore it is necessary to regularly maintain iron stores in the body.
Recent medical studies have found that almost half of the entire female population suffers anemia in a latent form. Losses of blood after operations, acute viral diseases and various diseases of a chronic nature make a person vulnerable to iron deficiency, especially during the recovery period. It should be noted that iron is not only involved in the process of blood formation, but also strengthens the body, thereby helping it to quickly restore its strength. It is very important in old age not to allow changes in healthy eating and not to allow the development of iron deficiency anemia.
Methods to increase hemoglobin
In order to compensate for the lack of iron in the body, doctors often prescribe iron-containing drugs, the action of which is aimed at a rapid increase in the level of red cells and bring their number to the norm. However, in most cases, this situation is amenable to adjustment using traditional medicine methods.
The most popular products that can eliminate the symptoms of anemia are: pomegranates, apples, dried apricots, cottage cheese, walnuts, liver, beef, seaweed and quail eggs. It is recommended to use juice from pomegranate twice a day, previously diluting it with water in the same proportions in order not to provoke an increase in acidity. On the day it is enough to eat 5 kernels of nuts, as well as a plate of oatmeal or buckwheat porridge with milk, adding a small amount of honey and dried apricots. Quail eggs are considered to be a good source of iron, which must be boiled before consumption.
Various mixes, tinctures and juices help to fight low hemoglobin levels. The most effective is garlic tincture, which can be prepared independently. Fill the garlic with alcohol, leave for about three weeks and take 25 drops three times a day, diluting in a small cup of warm milk. Well eliminates anemia beet or apple juice, which in addition to iron contains glucose, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamins P, B and C.
At home you can prepare the following medicine: mix in equal proportions dried apricots, walnuts, raisins, honey and lemon. This mixture is recommended to be taken daily on an empty stomach in one dessert spoon. Black caviar, chocolate and beer with sour cream will help fill the lack of iron.
It must be understood that hemoglobin alone cannot decrease. Usually, such a condition arises as a result of a certain cause, which can only be identified by medical means. Traditional methods help with an insignificant decrease in hemoglobin level, otherwise the prescription of medications is necessary.