I am looking for a supplement that would help increase hemoglobin.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am looking for a supplement that would help increase hemoglobin. Do you have recommendations?” — Fay B., Rochester, NY
A. Dear Fay, Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, the protein carried by red blood cells that delivers oxygen throughout the body for energy. We couldn’t live without it. Aside from hemoglobin, iron is a requirement for erythropoietin (EPO) production, a hormone needed by the body that also helps make energizing red blood cells.
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 1 tablet of this blend daily.
Terry . . . Naturally