Male Blood Iron - An Aging Factor?
It's a documented medical fact that males have higher
iron stores and higher risks for disease and shorter
Red blood cells contain about 80% of the body’s
iron stores. The balance is largely stored in the liver.
During early childhood - more sleep
is required for the body to produce more red blood cells.
As children grow - iron deficiency
may result in difficulty with mental tasks, often misdiagnosed
as attention deficit disorder. Low iron in children
is often associated with cold hands and feet.
During youth - the volume of red blood
cells is expanding, making it impossible for them to
become overloaded with iron.
Upon maturity - the demand for iron
reduces and males begin to accumulate about 1 excess
milligram of iron per day of life thereafter.
By middle age - males have twice the
iron load as females and double the rate of diabetes,
cancer and heart disease. High iron levels are associated
with higher rates of infection since bacteria, viruses
and fungi all require iron for growth.
In older age - age-related brain disorders
such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s
involve the loss of iron control.
Iron Levels In Women
Women have the advantage of maintainng lower iron levels
by losing about 30 milligrams of iron in monthly menstrual
blood loss. Once they reach menopause, or if the have
an early hysterectomy , they suffer the same rates of
disease as males.
Women, mistakingly believe that they are better to
boost low iron levels with iron supplements - but in
reality, this may be causing greater health issues,
accelerated aging, disease and mortality.
Men generally consumer more iron - they eat more red
meat and consume more beer than women.
Ways to Control Iron Levels
- Reduce red meat consumption - no more than 2 meals
of red meat per week.
- Adopt a strenuous exercise program 2-3 times a week
- exercise causes loss of iron in sweat.
- Take an aspirin daily - apart from the cardiovascular
benefits, aspirin induces a small amount of blood
loss and subsequent loss of iron.
- Consume more tea, wine [in moderation], grapes,
olives and whole grains - these healthy foods bind
to iron and inhibit its absorption.
If you have excessive iron levels, consider the following:
- Blood letting - this is an effective treatment in
diabetes, gout and heart disease. Bloodletting has
also been suggested as therapy for cancer and liver
- Keep your intestinal parasites - they often consume
much of the iron in the diet.
- Intravenous EDTA chelation therapy
- Consumer IP6 rice bran extract - consumed on an
empty stomach with water, it will chelate (remove)
excess iron and other heavy metals from the liver,
kidneys, gallbladder, brain, heart and other organs.
IP6 does not remove iron from red blood cells. WARNING:
Used excessively for long periods IP6 can could induce