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The Iron Paradox: Unveiling the Impact on Aging and Health

November 14, 20231 min read

Contrary to popular belief, aging frailty is not solely attributed to iron deficiency; rather, iron plays a complex role in accelerating the aging process. Delving into the science behind it, this article explores the surprising link between iron levels, mitochondrial function, and the onset of chronic ailments.

Iron and Longevity:

  1. Blood Donation Benefits: Contrary to concerns, studies show that frequent blood donors tend to live longer, primarily due to reduced iron levels.

  2. Mitochondrial Function: Iron, crucial for oxygen transport, paradoxically inhibits mitochondrial function. Mitochondria, responsible for energy production, suffer when iron levels are high.

Iron's Impact on Brain Health:

  1. Alzheimer's Risk: Elevated iron levels with aging increase the risk of Alzheimer's, as confirmed by studies.

  2. Cognitive Impairment: Brain imaging consistently links increased iron to cognitive impairment, highlighting the importance of managing iron intake.

  3. Parkinson's Reduction: Studies reveal that reducing iron intake through blood donations reduces Parkinson's symptoms, emphasizing iron's role in neurodegenerative conditions.

Managing Iron Intake:

  1. Source Matters: Animal protein, a rich iron source, should be consumed mindfully. Opt for high-quality options like wild-caught fish, pasture-raised poultry, or grass-fed and finished red meat.


Understanding the intricate relationship between iron levels, mitochondrial function, and aging is crucial for mitigating the risk of chronic ailments. Subscribe to my Health Newsletter for ongoing insights into optimal well-being through nutrition.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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