The Power of Iron!
Iron is one of the most fundamental and best-understood nutritional requirements for human health. The most important and well-known role of iron is for regulating the amount of oxygen in our blood stream. But did you know that it has other, equally vital roles in maintaining a healthy you? Iron has been found to:
• Improve cognitive function in children
• Boost the ability to fight lead poisoning
• Ensure babies are born at healthy weights
• Boost the immune system
• Treat Restless Leg Syndrome
Iron is especially important for pregnant women. During pregnancy, the recommended daily iron intake for women shoots up from 18 mg/day to 27 mg/day to provide the new baby with the nutrition it needs, and to create the extra red blood cells required by the new baby. The amount of iron needed for women is also generally higher than men, due to monthly blood losses.
Despite the importance of iron, in every nation on earth, including the United States, iron deficiency ranks as the number-one nutrient deficiency. Due to the severity of the symptoms of even mild iron deficiency, it is imperative to maintain healthy levels of iron! Oregon State University explores some of these symptoms:
“ …fatigue, rapid heart rate, palpitations, and rapid breathing on exertion. Iron deficiency impairs athletic performance and physical work capacity in several ways. In iron-deficiency anemia, the reduced hemoglobin content of red blood cells results in decreased oxygen delivery to active tissues… [It can] limit the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to mitochondria for oxidative metabolism. Iron depletion also decreases the oxidative capacity of muscle by diminishing the mitochondrial content of cytochromes and other iron-dependent enzymes… Lactic acid production is also increased in iron deficiency. The ability to maintain a normal body temperature on exposure to cold is also impaired in iron-deficient individuals. Severe iron-deficiency anemia may result in brittle and spoon-shaped nails, sores at the corners of the mouth, taste bud atrophy, and a sore tongue.”
Yikes! Thankfully, with 3x the iron of Spinach, Dead Sea Moringa is a great place to start to avoid or treat iron deficiency. Unlike other sources of iron, Dead Sea Moringa is entirely plant-based, making it an ideal supplement for Vegetarians, or those who cannot eat red meat.
Additionally, vitamin A—another important vitamin present in Dead Sea Moringa—works with the body to help absorb iron, and is more effective at treating iron deficiency than iron supplementation alone!
Who Are We?
Dead Sea Moringa is a partnership between the evangelical community and the nation of Israel. The primary goal of Dead Sea Moringa is to produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects throughout Israel. Dead Sea Moringa has also recently partnered with an organization in Togo, Africa to oversee the cultivation and harvesting of Moringa, as well as its distribution to malnourished children in that region.