I am sharing a bit more on iron but more in relation to copper. If you know anyone who is told are anaemic or low in iron do share this blog with them, it may just save them from more serious health issues in the long term.
I sat in the same lectures as doctor students during my university days and we are all taught that copper is required for the utilisation of iron. You only have to google iron utilisation and boom, you will find that copper and iron have a rather unhealthy love affair with each other. One where they are rather co-dependent.
Everyday precious individuals with anaemia are being prescribed iron without any consideration for copper let alone the health of the liver, adrenals, gut, and dare I say their nutritional intake.
So taking iron without looking at the above just does not ‘cut it’. It is absolutely vital to have sufficient copper so that the body can actually utilise the iron.
If you do not have enough copper, you can take all the iron in the world and still be anaemic or low in iron. Actually, this would create various health issues due to excess iron, as iron is prone to oxidation (aka rusting). When iron rusts, the health of the heart, brain, kidneys and the liver can all go south.
So firstly it is important to have enough copper AND it is important to have this copper in the form of ceruloplasmin. Copper cannot do its job if it is not in the ceruloplasmin form. In other words ‘useable’ or what we call bioavailable. Simply put, ceruloplasmin helps move the iron from the organs and tissues into the blood, this allows the iron to eventually be transported to the red blood cells, where the iron is required.
Following? …Ok, so say you have the copper and you are taking iron supplements BUT the ceruloplasmin is just not ‘happening’, this means the copper is actually now bio-UN-available, in other words, ‘not useable’. This is like having a lightbulb but no electricity.
So how and what impacts ceruloplasmin? This is very important, so stay with me here. Ceruloplasmin is made in the liver, in order for ceruloplasmin to be made in the liver, you not only need a healthy liver (fatty liver, over-burdened liver, sluggish liver do not help) but also healthy adrenals, those amazing ‘fight or flight’ glands.
In the 21st century, we find that the majority of people have sluggish livers and adrenals. These organs are either running on empty or on stimulants. So nourishing and supporting these wonderful organs is key to raising the ceruloplasmin hence addressing the iron deficiency and/or anaemia. Once this is addressed you don’t need to keep taking iron or go back on it again.
So taking iron without addressing your bioavailable copper, i.e. your liver, adrenal and gut health (as you need the gut to absorb these minerals) is like adding fuel to the fire.
How can you address this? A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis looks at digestive health, adrenal health, thyroid health, mineral levels and ratios BUT it also gives a real picture or your ‘mineral story’ over the last 3 months. The mineral story is insightful and minerals are the spark plugs of our biochemistry and they are beautifully intertwined. So you may just want to look into this easy and non-invasive test here.
I also cover these wonderful organs, minerals and much more in my e-course and if you are either a practitioner or a non-practitioner and you want to understand your health better and empower yourself and your clients, your family and friends with sound knowledge of nutrition and the science of ‘fasting and feasting’ then you are warmly invited to join the course here.
I look forward to hearing from you.