How can you lower your risk of a heart attack, stroke and more?
From the book, Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health
- Controlling your levels of iron means controlling your risk of a heart attack, cancer, and diabetes. It also means reducing your risk of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and gout.
- Too much iron can also cause gray hair and wrinkled skin.
- Iron is involved in many other diseases, including infections, multiple sclerosis, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, COPD, and macular degeneration.
- There may be a correlation between iron levels and obesity.
- High iron levels are associated with artery plaque.
- Iron is can damage arterial walls.
- Cancer cells require large amounts of iron. Iron fuels the growth of tumors.
- As you get older, iron accumulates in your blood, leading to inflammation and the diseases of aging (heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline.)
- By age 45, men have four times the amount of iron in their bodies as women do. (They also have four times the rate of heart attacks.)
- Iron tends to harm men more than it harms women. Why? Women have lower levels of iron.
- Women have lower levels of iron than men, because they lose blood through menstruation.
- There are several ways to safely lower your levels of iron:
- Calorie restriction
- Diet (eggs, dairy, vegetables, nuts, chocolate)
- Aspirin (caution: may cause internal bleeding)
- Tea (black tea or green tea, with meals)
- Coffee (with meals)
- Red wine (with meals)
- Olive oil
- Phlebotomy (bloodletting)
- Iron chelators
- Sweating (small loss of iron)
- Donate blood
- Blood donation is the surest and quickest way to lower excessive iron levels in your body.
- Food and Drink that Increase Absorption of Iron
- Alcohol (beer, white wine, hard liquor)
- Vitamin C and foods containing it (orange juice, cranberry juice, etc.)
- Sugar (sucrose)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Soda, sweet drinks, etc.
- Breakfast cereals (they're iron-fortified)
- Rice (by law, it's iron-fortified)
- Flour (iron-fortified)
- Corn meal (iron-fortified)
- Wheat (usually fortified with iron)
- Tobacco is loaded with iron. (smoking, dipping, chewing)
- The Mediterranean Diet is extremely good at lowering iron levels. (Fish is low in iron.)
- A diet low in carbohydrates helps to lower levels of iron. (It eliminates many of the foods fortified with iron.)
- Note: There is a downside to only using diet to lower your levels of iron. Studies show it can take two years - or longer - to bring iron levels down to a low, healthy level. (It is still a good strategy, especially when combined with donating blood, for lowering iron levels.)
Iron is an important mineral in your body. However, high levels of iron can cause poor health. The best way to lower your levels of iron is to donate blood.
Here is a link to the book: Dumping Iron: How to Ditch This Secret Killer and Reclaim Your Health
This is a video review of the book, Dumping Iron.
Disclaimer: I'm just a guy on the internet. The information provided here is not medical advice. If you are suffering from a medical condition, seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider.
P.S. In addition to lowering your levels of iron, there is another way to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
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