ANEMIA


Reduced circulating hemoglobin in the blood stream, unable to meet the organism's oxygen demands. Symptoms include weakness, fatigue, brittle nails, paleness and loss of appetite. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia and it is often linked to blood loss from excessive menstrual bleeding, peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids.

Diet:
Include liver, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, egg yolks, kelp, leafy greens, peas, parsley, prunes, raisins, whole grains. Avoid foods which inhibit iron absorption including tea, coffee, wheat bran. Remember also calcium, zinc and antacids interfere with iron absorption.

Nutrients:
Iron in chelated form for better absorption, vitamins C, B12 and folic acid. L-Lysine increases iron absorption which may be lacking in vegetarian diets and those who avoid red meat.

Herbs:
Nettles, dandelion, alfalfa, dong quai, horsetail.