Adequate Oxygenation Vital to Healthy Metabolism
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
New research is uncovering how hemoglobin behaves within a cell to deliver oxygen to the cell engines so that calories can be burned as fuel. Oxygen must be present within cells in order for metabolism to work at an optimal rate. Thyroid hormone is short-circuited at the cellular level if oxygen is not present.
This new research also opened the door to linking the proper use of oxygen to the body’s 24-hour clock – which is orchestrated by leptin.
This means that a deficiency of iron within cells will undermine proper metabolism. Signs of iron deficiency include fatigue, especially muscle fatigue. Individuals who are iron deficient have trouble improving muscle strength and frequently do not experience the proper benefit from exercise. This is because iron-containing myoglobulin holds oxygen in muscles. A lack of iron means a lack of oxygen, so muscles get tired to fast and do not readily build strength from exercise. Hemoglobin may be in a normal range in the blood yet iron may be lacking in the cells.
Iron bisglycinate is by far the safest and most effective form of iron.
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