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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 lifespans.

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 diseases.
  • 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 anemia.

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