Yes, iron can be another important vitamin for arthritis and research has shown particularly for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I don’t know if it’s just me but hearing about iron always conjures images of Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing his biceps and saying he eats rump steak for breakfast.
Iron can, of course, be found in meats, it can be found in nuts and green leafy vegetables just as calcium can, it can also be found in beans and lentils.
It has been said that the body absorbs iron from animal produce better than that from vegetarian but I am sure as long as you are making a conscious effort to increase your levels you will feel the benefit. Also taking Vitamin C alongside it can aid absorption.
Iron is responsible for the forming of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body so it is vitally important that we make sure our levels are correct!
A lack of red blood cells is of course classed as anaemia and this can bring with it such symptoms as tiredness and weakened immune system.
My wife was told she was anaemic and to increase her iron consumption so I know how important it is for health and wellbeing.
And let’s face it chronic disease is tiring enough without adding more reasons to be tired and run-down.
So make sure your levels are where they should be for your age and gender.
I think it is around 8mg a day for men over 18 and women over 50 and for women over 18 and under 50 I think it is around 14-15mg.
Women who experience heavy periods with more blood loss may need to increase their levels as well.
As always be careful not to overdo it. Taking too much can lead to constipation and stomach pain.
I get all the iron I need from my diet and you should be able to do so as well.