Ferritin Anaemia

Ferritin isn’t the same thing as iron in your body.  Instead, ferritin is a protein that stores iron, releasing it when your body needs it.  Ferritin usually lives in your body’s cells, with very little actually circulating in your blood.  According to the Mayo Medical Laboratories, ferritin contains 20 percent iron. The greatest concentrations of ferritin are typically in the cells of the liver (known as hepatocytes) and immune system (known as reticuloendothelial cells).

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Ferratin Anaemia Information

Ferritin is stored in the body’s cells until it’s time to make more red blood cells. The body will signal the cells to release ferritin. The ferritin then binds to another substance called transferrin. 

Transferrin is a protein that combines with ferritin to transport it to where new red blood cells are made. Imagine transferrin as a dedicated taxi for iron.

While it’s important for a person to have normal iron levels, having enough stored iron is important too. If a person doesn’t have enough ferritin, iron stores can deplete quickly.

If you don’t have enough ferritin in your blood or you have too much, it can give your doctor clues about your overall iron levels. The more ferritin in your blood, the more stored iron your body has.

Symptoms of low Ferritin include;

unexplained fatigue

dizziness

chronic headaches

unexplained weakness

ringing in your ears

irritability

leg pains

shortness of breath

Iron is a vitally important nutrient for your body. It is one of the building blocks of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiencies are very common but have some serious symptoms. The symptoms include weakness, fatigue, vertigo, and hair loss. In children, iron deficiencies can cause developmental issues.

Iron deficiencies are most often found in women. They can be caused by excessive bleeding in menstruation and in pregnancy. Other causes include chronic bleeding through injury, prescription and recreational drugs, blood donation, and digestive problems.

Beef is one of the foods most rich in iron. It is the first recommended food for people to eat when they are deficient. Beef liver is particularly efficacious as it contains more iron than any other part of the cow. 100 grams of beef liver gives 6.5 mg of iron, which is 36% of your daily recommended intake.  Beef liver fried with onions is a home comforting meal.

You don’t think of vegetables as being high in iron, but they can be great foods for getting your daily intake. Vegetables have non-heme iron, meaning they don’t come from animals. This type of iron is better regulated by the body than heme iron. Soybeans are an amazing supply of iron, providing 9.3 mg in a 250 ml sized serving. This is 52% of your daily recommended intake. Enjoy soybeans in tofu for an easy way in getting it into your diet

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