Under-eye circles

Q: I am a 35-year-old woman and have no energy. My fingernails are peeling, my hair is falling out and I have dark under-eye circles. Are all of these symptoms related?

A: Yes, the symptoms you are suffering are due to iron deficiency. And your iron levels don't have to be so low that you have anemia but low enough that they cause health issues. Infertility, breathlessness even upon minor exertion, heart palpitations, dizziness, cold hands and feet, and poor concentration are also symptoms of iron deficiency. Women are more susceptible to iron deficiency due to their monthly cycles and because over 57 percent of women do not get adequate iron from their diet. Hair loss occurs because hair follicles contain ferritin (iron stores). When ferritin stores decline, hair does not grow and nonpigmented hairs develop. Iron pills recommended by your doctor are poorly absorbed; for example, a 300mg tablet of ferrous gluconate only gives you 35mg of elemental iron. Ferrous fumarate and sulphate cause digestive irritation, which causes black stools and constipation. Now, a new vegetarian iron that does not constipate, tastes delicious and increases iron and ferritin fast - called Ironsmart with Lipofer - is available in Canada. Lipofer is iron wrapped in a liposomal bubble which allows the iron to go directly to the small intestine and be absorbed. Studies show when women take 10mg of elemental iron per day, they have better mental acuity, their energy increases and fingernails and hair improve quickly. Unlike other liquid iron supplements, IRONsmart tastes so good you won't believe it is good for you. Visit your health food store for a FREE copy of "Smart Solutions for Your Iron Needs."