Why Anemia Drags You Down

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Have you been feeling completely exhausted lately? Maybe you decided to be proactive and went to the doctor for some bloodwork to see what’s going on. The doctor found that your iron levels are low and diagnosed you with anemia. But why does low iron impact your energy so much?

Why Is Iron Important? 

Iron is a mineral needed in small quantities because of the important roles it plays in helping transport oxygen throughout the body. About 70% of the iron in the body is found inside two proteins called myoglobin and hemoglobin. The primary role of these proteins, and the iron they carry, is to transport oxygen to the tissues. 

...fatigue is not the only symptom of anemia. With iron deficiency, you may also get dizzy, have pale skin, feel cold all the time, have difficulty concentrating or get sick often. 

Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s organs through the blood; myoglobin transports and shuttles oxygen around in the muscles. Without iron, the body is unable to make these important proteins to carry oxygen. This results in ineffective and pale-looking red blood cells. In turn, tissues and organs are unable to get the oxygen they need to function properly.

Iron and Energy

Without enough oxygen, the body’s organs cannot operate at their peak level. Instead, they struggle to keep up with day-to-day demands, leaving you exhausted and fatigued. This is why no matter how much you might sleep or rest, you still feel completely exhausted when you have anemia. 

But fatigue is not the only symptom of anemia. With iron deficiency, you may also get dizzy, have pale skin, feel cold all the time, have difficulty concentrating or get sick often. 

Restoring Energy With Anemia

If you have been officially diagnosed with anemia, your doctor may prescribe an iron supplement or encourage you to eat more high-iron foods. These two options can help prevent anemia from getting worse, but usually don’t help bring iron and hemoglobin levels back to normal. There are a few reasons why diet changes and supplements might not be enough to improve your energy.

First, iron from food and supplements is notoriously poorly absorbed, so getting it where it needs to go to make new blood cells is a challenge. Calcium, coffee, tea and whole grains can all interfere with the absorption of iron. The type of iron you are taking can also impact absorption. 

Additionally, even if the body is able to absorb the iron, there is no guarantee that it will be used to make new hemoglobin cells. The first step to making new cells is for the kidneys to release a hormone that signals the bone marrow to start production.

Simply taking iron supplements is not enough to encourage this to happen, particularly if there is an underlying condition causing iron deficiency. Inflammation caused by liver, kidney or thyroid disease can impact the body’s ability to make new hemoglobin. Other illnesses and medications can also slow your body’s ability to make new hemoglobin.

A well-rounded treatment for anemia should include quality sources of supplemental iron and nutrients that help the body naturally boost production of hemoglobin. Prohemia Natural Blood Support tackles multiple causes of the anemia to give you more energy and focus right away. The active ingredients in the patented formula address the four major limitations on red blood cell production, namely: EPO levels, red blood cell nutrients, iron availability and inflammation.

If anemia is dragging you down, get a lift with Prohemia. Our comprehensive, natural formula has helped so many anemia sufferers feel more energetic — and some of our customers tell us they were even able to avoid invasive treatments like injections and transfusions.

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