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Iron deficiency anemia… It occurs when your body is low on iron. Iron is a mineral in our body that is used to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the “shuttle” of oxygen in our body. So, if your iron is low your body doesn’t get enough oxygen transported to the tissues. Symptoms are fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, strange cravings, tingling in legs, cold extremities (hand, feet), brittle nails, fast or irregular heartbeat and headaches.

Who has iron deficiencies? Mostly found in women, vegetarians (meat has iron), it can be genetics as well. If you are concerned about your level of iron go check your levels at a doctor’s office.

Back to topic: I heard that high consumption of coffee could result in lower iron levels. It’s the caffeine, a stimulant, in the coffee that can interfere with the absorption of nutrients, such as iron.

A study that was published 2004 in “Food Chemistry” states that only 6% of iron binds to caffeine. There is a difference between two types of iron, the iron from plants is nonheme iron. The iron from animals is heme iron. The body utilizes iron from animals better than plant irons. Up to 18 percent of iron from diets including meat is absorbed, but only 5 percent to 12 percent of iron from vegetarian diets is absorbed.

Cutting coffee out of your diet won’t affect the iron in your body too much. Supplement with iron pills, see your doctor and eat meat.

God bless, glad I don’t have to give my coffee up.

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