Most general medical practices are a little hazy of the true implications of iron deficiencies, particularly signs of Iron Overload!..nor for that matter do they even put their minds to appropriate tests, nor have the apparent awareness of dangerous implications.
most adult men and non-menstruating women have too much iron…Iron Overload!
Iron is one of those minerals, that affected by our paleolithic origin. Having passed on our genes Darwinian style our DNA has found no real survival reason to especially exclude. Hence the build up, and probable overload, in as many as one in three males and postmenopausal women. There is also even a genetic disorder called hemochromatosis, which results in devastatingly harsh results because of inability to eliminate iron. This just provides an added backdrop concern, as there seems to exist an unusual high statistical incidence of this genetic propensity in our North American population. Useful reference is Gerry Koneig’s web page…he was former chairman of Iron Disorders Institute and Hemochromatosis Foundation. Reference web: HealtheIron.com. But BACK to our ‘at risk’ population…The Serum Ferritin test measures stored iron. Suggest testing annually. Also Avoid iron supplements, particularly in multivitamins., where iron except for ‘seniors’ nearly always present. For overload…just donate blood!! Non action produces effects that replicate Metabolic Syndrome disorders…as discussed on this WEB, including cancer and neurodegenerative issues.
Serum ferritin should ideally be as low and between 40 and 60 ng/ml. But this one consult doctor! What happens?…excess iron causes Fenton’s reaction, instead of water being produced as a normal oxidation byproduct of carbohydrates or fat in our mitochondria…the Krebs cycle, and producing ATP (adenosine triphosphate)…Fenton’s causes excessive iron catalysis: the formation of hydroxyl free radicals, decimating mitochondrial DNA, transport proteins and cellular membranes. All described by Dr. Mercola as seriously potent and destructive! His view…that few understand the molecular biology involved. An over consumption of net carbs…total minus fiber…meaning more primary fuel, cause most to be in this dietary trap. Just further exacerbation. Solution: healthy fats…good Omega 3s..he advocates Krill oil…Coconut oil, Olive oil cold! Avocado Oil..multivitamins WITHOUT iron! Reading: informative well written book: “Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health which is an easy to understand resource. Know: Iron Overload!