Iron deficiency is a very common nutritional problem in the world. Deficiency is seen more frequently in infants and growing children, pregnant women, and those who are fed a vegetarian diet. Since iron stores are less in women, almost 3 out of every 1 women suffers from anemia due to iron deficiency. Iron deficiency can also occur in women due to excessive bleeding due to excessive menstruation.
Iron deficiency is common, especially because the iron content of foods is low and the absorption of iron from the intestines is very difficult.
Change your coffee drinking time
Dr. Fevzi Özgönül talked about another mistake that we know to be true and stated that coffee should not be consumed immediately after a meal.
Consuming coffee right after a meal negatively affects iron absorption. Although there is a total of 4-5 grams of iron in the human body, it is a very important element. Iron is involved in the construction of many enzymes important for life, such as strengthening the immune system, nerve conduction, oxygen transport to tissues, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis. Therefore, iron deficiency occurs especially in adolescents and women during pregnancy.
Tea reduces iron absorption
Dr. Özgönül, stating that drinking tea with meals also reduces iron absorption from food, said, 'Some substances in tea, coffee and cocoa reduce iron absorption by half. For this reason, we should give up tea and coffee, which are drunk immediately after meals.
Of course, while iron has benefits, its excess also has disadvantages. Getting too much iron into the body also causes atherosclerosis, lubrication of cells and premature aging. Iron excess not only increases the risk of cancer, but also causes diseases such as cirrhosis, diabetes, weakness, loss of appetite, heart enlargement, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath. The amount of iron that people need to take daily is 10-15 mg. It is recommended 1-2 mg in infants, 10 mg in adult men, 20 mg in women, and 30-35 mg in pregnancies.