Your Iron Levels Could Be a Key to Slow Aging and Long Life

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  • Iron is essential to life, but data show that too much is associated with aging and a shortened life and health spans — the total years lived in good health
  • High iron levels also increase the availability of free iron, which promotes heart cell death, leading to impaired heart function and mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Excess iron affects blood pressure and glycemic control. Levels build with increased intake and the body’s poor ability to excrete extra iron
  • Blood donation, or therapeutic phlebotomy for those unable to donate, is a quick and simple way to manage iron levels. Get a yearly ferritin and GGT test to measure your levels

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11 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

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11 common nutrient deficiencies include vitamins D, K2, B12, E, and A, omega-3, magnesium, iodine, calcium, iron, and choline  Continue reading

Iron in Your Blood

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  • While iron is essential for human life, too much iron can cause heart disease      and cancer. This is actually far more common than iron deficiency
  • Checking your iron levels is one of the most important tests that everyone should have done on a regular basis as part of a preventive, Continue reading

The Importance of Checking your Iron Levels

Are you age 20 or older with a diet high in red meats? Is your diet also low in vegetables? If you answered yes to these questions, then chances are good that your body has an iron overload.

An iron overload causes inflammation in the body, and excess iron plays a role in cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. When iron levels are too high, they can precipitate rapid aging of tissues and bring on disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons disease, and ALS. High iron levels can also cause heart failure, stimulate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke), trigger diabetes, and increase cancer risk. Continue reading