Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin (an oxygen-carrying protein found in red blood cells) for the transporting of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Most of the body’s iron will be in hemoglobin form, while the remaining iron is stored in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow tissues.
For maximal accuracy, combine this test with:
- Serum ferritin levels
- Hemoglobin test
- Blood pressure checkup on both arms
- Blood glucose test
- Blood platelet count
- Red blood cell count
- White blood cell count
If iron levels are low, consider adrenal glands (especially, due to mineral utilization factors), spleen, liver, and bone marrow. If iron levels are elevated, inquire if the individual is supplementing with iron (in which case getting off of the iron supplements ASAP is encouraged.)
Green juices containing parsley, dandelion greens and spinach can be incorporated to increase consumption of organic, bioavailable iron. Also, the following are excellent sources:
- Yellow dock root tincture or decoction (see Iron Tonic)*
- Oregon grape root tea or tincture
- Moringa oleifera tea or powder
- Stinging nettle herbal infusion (optionally include rose hips)*
- Burdock root herbal infusion*
*See Botanical Reference Section for instructions on how to make a standard decoction and herbal infusion.
But remember not to just treat the problem.
If iron levels are high (including hemochromatosis), Dr. Morse recommends a general detoxification with emphasis on astringent fruits (grapes, lemons, watermelons, etc.) and green juices containing ample amounts of cilantro (coriander), parsley and dandelion greens. The ‘Chem/Metal Detox’ herbal formula can be used as an addition to a comprehensive herbal and dietary regimen.