Health Alert: Isn’t It Iron(ic)?

Though many foods and vitamins are “fortified with iron,” studies have shown that only three percent of people have depleted iron stores while 13 percent have excess iron—so you are more at risk for iron surplus than deficiency. Testing for iron levels can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test—the ideal range is 40 – 60 ng/ml.

If your number is over 100, donate blood and/or avoid consuming excess iron in supplements, iron in drinking water, iron-fortified foods, or cooking with iron cookware.