Anemia is a condition that occurs when there is insufficient hemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen to cells and tissues. Common signs and symptoms of anemia include fatigue and weakness.
Anemia can result from a variety of medical problems, including heavy menstrual bleeding, and deficiencies of iron, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid. Other causes can be from a low dietary intake of iron and poor absorption.
Your doctor can tell if you have anemia by a blood test called a CBC (complete blood count). Your doctor can also do a physical exam and talk to you about your diet, the medicines you are taking, and your family health history.
Iron, one of the most abundant metals on earth, is essential to most life forms and to normal human physiology. This metal is an essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport, among many other things.
Almost two-thirds of iron in the body is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to tissues. Iron is also found in proteins that store iron for future needs and that transport iron in blood. Iron stores are regulated by intestinal iron absorption.
|• An essential mineral
• A carrier of oxygen in the body
• Necessary to make hemoglobin
• Found in every cell of the body
Iron deficiency, as the name implies, is a condition resulting from too little iron in the body. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the United States.1
According to the Mayo Clinic, one in five women and half of all pregnant women are iron deficient. Lack of iron in your diet is one cause of iron deficiency anemia, but there are other causes as well. You can usually correct iron deficiency anemia with iron supplementation.2
Beginning signs of iron deficiency:
|• Loss of appetite
• Difficulty concentrating
Established Signs of iron deficiency:
• Coldness of extremities
• Overall pallor
|• Pale, brittle nails
• Pale lips/eyelids
• Mouth soreness
• Cessation of menstruation
• Loss of libido
Types and Causes of Anemia
There are many different types and causes of anemia - a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. Anemia:
|• Is a common blood disorder
• Affects 3.5 million Americans
• Can range from mild to severe
• Can be temporary or long term
The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Women who suffer from prolonged heavy bleeding due to hormone imbalances and/or uterine fibroid tumors are at a greater risk for developing anemia.
There are other types of anemia that can develop due to a deficiency of B Vitamins, primarily Vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid. These vitamins are necessary in the formation of red blood cells. Therefore, taking an iron supplement, such as SSS Tonic along with a sublingual B-Vitamin that contains B12, B6, and folic acid can be very helpful.
You can read about the various types of Anemia and their causes here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/anemia/anemia_whatis.html
Anemia and B Vitamins
Many people with anemia also take a B-vitamin supplement along with their iron supplement. The B vitamins in Sublingual B-Total can help build iron stores in those whose blood is iron poor and/or deficient in vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid. A deficiency in these nutrients can lead to anemic conditions. For example:
Vitamin B12 deficiency - Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet
Megaloblastic anemia - Vitamin B12 deficiency is a cause of megaloblastic anemia. In this type of anemia, red blood cells are larger than normal and the ratio of nucleus size to cell cytoplasm is increased. There are other potential causes of megaloblastic anemia, including folate deficiency.
Pernicious anemia - is a form of megaloblastic anemia that occurs when there is an absence of intrinsic factor, a substance normally present in the stomach. Vitamin B12 binds with intrinsic factor before it is absorbed and used by the body. An absence of intrinsic factor prevents normal absorption of B12 and may result in pernicious anemia.
Vitamin B6 deficiency - Vitamin B6 Fact Sheet
Your body needs vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues. Vitamin B6 also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by hemoglobin. A vitamin B6 deficiency can result in a form of anemia that is similar to iron deficiency anemia.
Folic Acid deficiency - Folic Acid Fact Sheet
Folic acid deficiency anemia happens when your body does not get enough folic acid. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins, and it helps your body make new cells, including new red blood cells. Most people get enough folic acid in the food they eat. But some people either don't get enough in their diet or have trouble absorbing it from the foods they eat.
||For those who are clinically anemic (confirmed via blood testing), SSS Tonic and Sublingual B-Total can be taken together. If you have not been diagnosed as being anemic, you can still take Sublingual B-Total.
Consult with your doctor before taking either of these supplements. Use caution when taking any supplement with iron. Too much iron can be toxic.
Vitamin A and Anemia
||Vitamin A (10,000 IU per day):
Taking vitamin A and iron together has been reported to help overcome iron deficiency more effectively than iron supplements alone.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Iron deficiency – United States, 1999–2000. MMWR 2002;51:897–899.
Three tablespoons daily contains:
Iron (as ferric ammonium citrate) - 100 mg
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) - 5 mg
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) - 2.4 mg
Vitamin B-3 (Niacininamide) - 20 mg
Contains 12% alcohol
Servings per container:
20 oz bottle: 40 tablespoons.
10 oz bottle: 20 tablespoons.
Other Ingredients: purified water, ethyl alcohol 12%, sorbitol, sodium citrate, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, gentian root extract, sodium benzoate, and saccharin sodium.
Adults: One tablespoon three times a day in divided doses after a meal. (High Potency Therapeutic Dose)
Children: 1/2 tablespoon three times a day in divided doses after a meal.
Please note: Three tablespoons of SSS Tonic provides 100 mg. of iron. Therefore, it is best to take it in divided doses if you are taking more than 1 tablespoon per day. It is best to take an iron supplement after a meal. Take only as necessary for iron supplementation, as suggested by your health care professional.
Caution: DO NOT TAKE IRON supplementation beyond a multiple vitamin supplement if you are not truly anemic or do not have low levels of iron. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR before you begin iron supplementation.