Iron – is important for the regulation and metabolism of protein, and the formation of hemoglobin in the blood, and myoglobin in the muscle tissues. It helps in the resistance of infections including flu.
Symptoms of deficiency include respiratory difficulties, brittle and weak nails, anemia, fatigue, constipation, and frequent colds.
It is best taken with copper, folic acid, phosphorus, and vitamin C.
It is canceled out by coffee, tea, hydrochloric acid, excessive consumption of phosphorus and zinc.
Foods containing iron include:
Cereals – Barley, Bran, Oatmeal, Rye, whole wheat, wheat germ.
Dairy – All cheeses, cow’s milk, egg yolk, real ice cream, skimmed milk.
Fruits – Apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, dates, grapes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, prunes, pumpkin, Raisins, raspberries, saguaro cactus, strawberries, watermelon.
Herbs and Spices – Basil, Dandelion leaves, Cinnamon, Dill, Fenugreek, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Sea salt, Watercress.
Meats – Chicken, Duck, Goose, Turkey.
Seeds/Nuts – Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Chestnuts, Coffee beans, Peanuts, Pecans, Pinon, Pistachios, Pumpkin (lib), Sesame, Sunflower (lib), Walnuts.
Sea Foods – Cod, Crab, Flounder, Halibut, Kelp, Mackerel, Perch, Salmon, Sardines, Shrimp, Swordfish, Tuna.
Vegetables etc – Asparagus, Bean sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Dandelion greens, Eggplant (aubergines), Endive, Lentils, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes (unpeeled), Soybeans, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnip greens.