Iron & Vitamin B12 - Are You Getting Enough?

Iron & Vitamin B12 - Are You Getting Enough?

We all feel a little worn out and tired from time to time. If this sounds all too familiar, or is a permanent condition it could be an indication of too-little iron or vitamin B12 in the blood.

A particularly common and widespread phenomenon is that we often do not have enough iron in our bodies. One reason may be that we receive too little iron through our diets. Even though our body can only poorly absorb the trace element, it is still urgently required by the body. The daily iron requirement for adults is 10 to 15 mg. This is amount is not easy to cover through a purely vegetarian diet because many plant compounds can inhibit the absorption of iron. Iron contributes to energy metabolism and thus contributes to reducing fatigue and also has a role in hematopoiesis. If you have an increased demand for the trace element iron, like if you are an athlete, or are pregnant or nursing, you should pay extra attention to a balanced diet and to your individual needs.

The B vitamin B12 also plays a role similar to iron in the body. The water-soluble vitamin plays a role in blood formation, is important for energy supply and is also important for the nerves. Vitamin B12 is, just like iron, mainly found in animal foods. The body absorbs it relatively poorly. The body reacts to a lack of this vitamin similarly to the way it reacts to a lack of iron. The reason for this is that the vitamin B12, as well as iron, is involved in normal hematopoiesis. Vegans or vegetarians or those who eat very little red meat should make sure to get an adequate supply of iron and vitamin B12.