I am a 66 year old woman who feels tired all the time.
Dear Terry, “I am a 66 year old woman who feels tired all the time. I just had my physical last month. The doctor checked my iron levels and said they were a little below the normal range. Should I be taking an iron supplement?” — Shirley F., Norfolk, VA
Dear Shirley, Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Over 7 million women and 700,000 young children in America are estimated to be iron deficient.
When it comes to iron supplementation, I recommend adding a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. This complex of minerals would help to increase your overall energy and endurance. Iron, an essential trace mineral, helps transport oxygen in the blood, create cellular energy, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise.
When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking this complex once daily.
Terry . . . Naturally