Are you feeling tired all the time? Even if you’ve had a 10 hour sleep the night before? Or do you just constantly feel low in energy? This could be a symptom of iron deficiency; a condition that affects up to 1 in 10 Australians.
What’s interesting, however, is that most people don’t even know if they are iron deficient. Why? Mild iron deficiency is often asymptomatic, but as the condition worsens, people that are iron deficient may experience:
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Feeling Faint
- Pale Skin
Iron is a fundamental building block for the body to produce haemoglobin – the molecule found in red blood cells (RBCs) that transports oxygen around the body. Therefore, a body low in iron means that the body loses its oxygen carrying capacity, so maintaining iron levels is quite a big deal for optimum health.
Of course, these symptoms are rather broad and can signal other health related issues too, so if you suspect an iron deficiency, it is best to visit your GP for a blood test to screen your body’s iron levels.
If it turns out you are iron deficient, there are many efforts you can take at home in the kitchen to improve and maintain optimum iron levels. Since our bodies cannot produce iron itself, it is imperative to ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of haem or non-haem (meat and plant based) iron each day. It is actually stated by nutritionists that iron is one of the most important nutrients we need to incorporate into our daily diets! So again, it’s quite a big deal for maintaining health.
So, how do I add more iron into my diet you ask? Simple! Of course, there are the generic iron tablets you can purchase at your local pharmacy. But if you’re one of those people who either hates consuming or can’t remember to take a tablet each day there is a powdered form of iron available to mix in with all your favourite food – VITUS IRON+C
VITUS Pure Plant Sourced IRON+C is a great tasting vegan-friendly, wholefood powder blend containing ingredients specially selected for their naturally high levels of iron and Vitamin C (which helps your body absorb the iron being consumed).
Utilising a plant based, non-haem form of iron, sourced exclusively from organic curry leaves, this natural form of iron is gentle on the stomach and boosts antioxidant activity for overall health benefits. Acerola berry and Camu Camu are also combined to provide a rich source of Vitamin C and beetroot is added for its rich colour and to provide a mild flavour profile.