Iron and Anemia
It seems to be a constant struggle, although I have found great success in keeping my iron levels up by juicing several times a week, lately it has been much more difficult to maintain. My favorite regular juice consists of about 4 carrots, 2 long celery sticks, half a cucumber, a handful of spinach and half of apple.
I have been taking chlorophyll but because I have liquid chlorophyll, it is a bit more difficult for me to take than in pill form. I have to put it in some juice or swig it down which doesn’t end up high on the priority list.
As I was looking over my home birth supply list tonight, I ran across one of Shonda Parker’s herbs—from Tri-light herbs called Tri-Iron, which I will be ordering and trying out this time before the birth but also to take after the birth.
Below is the details on the herb:
Tri Iron (Nettle leaf, Yellow dock, Red raspberry, Dandelion, and Anise)
Most of the herbs in this formula are high in iron, with anise being an herb known to increase absorption of iron.
Â·Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) – Nettles are medicinally used for their antiallergy and anti-inflammatory properties (for allergies and joint and arthritic pain) as well as showing promise in slowing progression of prostate cancer. We include them in this formula because of the high chlorophyll content which traditionally is used to boost the body’s absorption of iron.
Â·Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) – This herb is high in iron and is commonly used by midwives to aid in bringing pregnant mother’s hemoglobin levels up to optimal ranges before childbirth.
Â·Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) – Another herb high in iron that also helps offset the mild bowel stimulating aspect of yellow dock.
Â·Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – Excellent mild liver support that shows effectiveness in the treatment of colitis and urinary disorders due to its mild diuretic effect. This herb has a good iron content.
Â·Anise (Pimpinella anisum) – Anise has been shown to increase the body’s uptake of iron. It is also used for dyspeptic tummy conditions as well as an expectorant for mucus conditions of the respiratory tract. Other actions include: mildly antispasmodic and antibacterial.
Tri Iron may be taken by anyone desiring to support healthy hemoglobin levels in the body by taking 1/2 to 1 teaspoon twice daily.
Iron and Anemia