The One Mineral Destroying Your Heart
Increases heart risk by 26 percent
If it seems like I talk a lot about heart disease, it’s because I do.
As long as it remains the number one killer in the US—not to mention the world—I’ll be sharing all of the latest scientific studies that tell us two things:
- What to avoid that increases your risk
- What you can do to decrease your risk
When you do enough of both factors together, your ticker will be in tip-top shape.
Today I’m focusing on what to AVOID.
It’s a mineral that can increase your risk of developing heart disease—or dying from it—by 25 percent or more.
Iron deficiency is one of the most common dietary issues facing the public, according to the Mayo Clinic.
And that’s a major problem, because a deficiency in iron can spell disaster for your heart.
According to a recent study, functional iron deficiency was associated with the following:
- 26 percent increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease
- 24 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease
- 12 percent increased risk of dying from any cause at all
This study was different from other previous studies because it took into account absolute iron deficiency AND functional iron deficiency.
Absolute status is the traditional way of gauging iron stores. The problem is that this type of test doesn’t take circulating iron into account.
Functional status considers functional stores AND whether there’s enough iron circulating in your blood to work properly.
The study showed that 64 percent of the adults had functional iron deficiency.
It also showed that these individuals were more likely to develop heart disease—and more likely to die—over the 13 years of the study period.
It makes sense that an iron deficiency would be hard on your heart.
Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body’s tissues.
This makes your heart pump extra hard to compensate, which can wear it out over time.
You can find out your iron status through a blood test. In the meantime, here are some signs you could be deficient:
- Unusually tired
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Cold hands and feet
If you are deficient, consider taking an iron supplement to boost your levels.
In addition, be sure to add more iron-rich foods to your diet, which include fruit and vegetables, beans, lentils, Brazil nuts, cashews, mushrooms, and many more.
You should also make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin C, which your body needs to be able to absorb iron from these sources.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
20 percent increased risk of death COVID-19 can knock even the healthiest person off their feet. I should know. I had it last fall, and it kicked my butt. Fortunately, I’m now fully recovered (thanks in large part to a personalized protocol I followed, which you can read about in the February issue of my...
Proven treatments for NAFLD There’s a silent epidemic sweeping the nation. It has nothing to do with heart disease, Alzheimer’s, or even drug overdoses, yet it is now the fifth most common cause of death. I’m talking about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The scary part about this condition is that you can have it...
Shrink belly fat and lose weight fast People try all kinds of crazy diets to lose weight. But in the end, most fad diets fail. But there’s one current fad that I hope is here to stay. It’s a simple food you can start adding to your diet today that’s been proven to shrink belly...
Shocking results in just 60 minutes Whether or not you have type 2 diabetes, you should be aware of your blood sugar levels. Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes, your blood sugar levels could still be high enough to cause nerve damage and damage to your arteries and blood vessels. Fortunately, there’s a...
It can help fend off atherosclerosis We’re already three weeks into the new year… long enough for many of those New Year’s resolutions to be firmly in the rearview mirror (especially if you wanted to “eat better” or “lose weight”). I get it. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle ain’t easy. But here’s something...
The shocking change over the past 10 years There’s so much BAD news these days that I often just tune out the media. But not all news is bad news. In fact, today I have GREAT news. It has to do with a shocking change in brain health that’s occurred over the past decade. Ready...
A warning for those over 70 years old If you already have type 2 diabetes, you know you face greater health risks… Like a higher risk of high blood pressure, nerve damage, atherosclerosis, blindness, amputation, cardiovascular events, and yes, an early death. HbA1c levels are used to determine whether or not you have type 2...
Protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress. Being in the midst of a global pandemic, these past two years have been particularly stressful. And that means that even if you never get COVID-19, your health could be in jeopardy. You see, stress wreaks havoc on your body. It can lead to mental issues like depression and anxiety, and physical ones like high...
51 percent increased risk If you’re struggling with mental health issues, you’re not alone. Prior to COVID-19, mental health disorders were the leading causes of global health-related burden, with depression and anxiety leading the way. Now, more than a year into the pandemic, those numbers have only gotten worse. But there’s something that has nothing to do...
It increases the risk of plaque buildup If you want to keep your heart healthy, you have to keep your arteries healthy. When plaque builds up in your arteries, it reduces blood flow, puts more strain on your heart, and can ultimately lead to a heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and more. But there’s more to healthy, plaque-free arteries than...