Blue sclera and iron deficiency: What you need to know

blue sclera and iron deficiency

Blue sclera is a common sign of iron deficiency in children and adults. It is characterized by a blue-tinted appearance of the sclera of the eye. The sclera is the fibrous, white tissue that covers the eyeball. It extends from the cornea to the optic nerves in the back of the eye (see illustration below). … Read more

43 herbs high in iron: How to boost nonheme absorption 

Herbs high in iron include basil leaves

This article walks you through a list of herbs and spices high in iron that may play a role in preventing or treating iron deficiency anemia.  Our list includes medicinal herbs and herbal teas that may help raise your iron levels. The iron content of herbs and spices has low bioavailability compared with animal sources. Low … Read more

Iron deficiency symptoms: Strange cravings, including pica (What you need to know)

strange cravings and pica

Strange cravings (such as pica), obsessive-compulsive behavioral patterns, emotional and psychiatric disorders are among many signs and symptoms of iron deficiency. Iron deficiency occurs when you don’t have enough of the essential mineral to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps distribute oxygen from the lungs to tissues and organs. Strange cravings, … Read more

31 low iron symptoms: Unusual warning signs you should know

Iron helps to make red blood cells

Low iron symptoms occur when you are not getting enough of the essential mineral to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells (erythrocytes) that binds with oxygen during transportation from the lungs to various body tissues and organs. When left untreated, iron deficiency leads to anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is when you don’t have … Read more