In the past century in Hungary, there were a handful of wisdoms passed down by the folk: for instance, “Oh my God, that child is so pale, give him iron wine” or “stick a rusty iron nail in the apple and eat the fruit with it.” Folk wisdom or not, iron deficiency and anemia that often accompanies it are symptoms to pay attention not only in childhood but also as adults.

What causes iron deficiency?

When the body loses blood, it also loses iron along with the red blood cells, so menstruating women, for example, need to pay particular attention to maintaining normal iron levels. Chronic diseases that cause bleeding can also cause iron deficiency anemia, such as hemorrhoids, duodenal ulcers and colon cancer. Iron is naturally ‘delivered’ to the body through diet, so a poor diet, such as a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, can cause anemia. Absorption problems can also contribute to symptoms: the body should constantly receive iron from the diet, but because it present in different forms, the efficiency of absorption varies. Since iron is absorbed in the small intestine, surgical removal or malfunction of the small intestine can cause absorption difficulties.

Iron deficiency and anemia.

If the body does not have the necessary amount of iron, it can lead to a disturbance in hematopoiesis, or more specifically, a reduction in the proportion of healthy red blood cells that supply oxygen to tissues. This can lead to impaired blood supply to the brain or heart in the elderly, developmental problems in infants and young children, and general feelings of weakness in adults. Iron deficiency anemia is also common in pregnant women, as their body needs to supply blood to the newborn baby. Signs of iron deficiency may be difficult to notice or may be confused with symptoms of other diseases: fatigue, paleness, weakness, headache, dizziness, cold limbs, irritability, canker sore on the tongue, brittle nails, palpitations, poor appetite.

Eat good and well.

Eating iron-rich foods can prevent deficiencies and vitamin C can help iron absorption. Red meats, offal, fish and seafood, as well as plant foods such as wheat germ, beans, lentils, peas and pumpkin, contain significant amounts of iron. Iron can also be taken in tablet form if needed.

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