Ferritin is a type of protein that stores iron in your body. Ferritin releases some of its stored iron when blood levels get low. Ferritin maintains a steady supply of iron. Iron is an essential element for blood production. Around 70% of body iron is found in red blood cells (hemoglobin), and in muscle cells (myoglobin). Hemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the body tissues.
Ferritin fills the gap on the days when diet does not supply enough iron. If your consumption of iron is consistently low, or you have a medical condition that effects your iron, ferritin levels will drop and you will be at risk of iron deficiency which can cause hair loss. The best way to maximize ferritin is to get an adequate amount of iron regularly.
Food for Ferritin with Absolique Trichologist
- Food contains two types of iron, heme (animal) and nonheme (plant)
- Heme iron is absorbed 2-3 times more than nonheme
- You can still build ferritin with nonheme iron
- Combine non-heme iron with vitamin C rich foods
- It’s not just about how much iron you consume, but how well you absorb it
Heme iron is found in meat, poultry and fish. Nonheme iron is found in green leafy veges, seeds, nuts, legumes and grains. Legumes contain phytic acid which reduces absorption of nonheme iron so always combine with vitamin C rich vegetables and fruit. Some nonheme iron sources, like leafy greens, broccoli and tomatoes also contain vitamin C. Don’t include milk, dairy products, coffee or tea with nonheme iron, they will inhibit absorption.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency and can cause hair loss. Knowing and understand your iron studies is important to balance iron and ferritin levels in conjunction with hair loss treatment. Iron supplements may be required to assist deficiency and arrest hair loss. Using the right type of iron is essential. Elemental iron is used for iron deficiency and organic iron is for low ferritin. Supported by a diet rich in the iron of your choice, will certainly assist in raising and maintaining iron levels.
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