The same element that makes Mars the red planet makes your blood red too – iron. This mineral is at the center of your ability to transport oxygen to the brain. It is the center of hemoglobin, the oxygen transporting protein in blood. It is also a crucial cofactor in the synthesis of mood-regulating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.

Iron helps form the cytochrome system in our liver that metabolizes and eliminates toxins. Two forms of iron exist in The Famacy: plants contain non-heme iron and meat contains heme-iron. Plants have molecules that hold onto their iron. Studies show that the heme-iron in meat is the most absorbable form of iron, and also increases the absorption of non-heme iron in plants.

Without this essential element, the brain doesn’t develop properly. In fact, iron deficiency is the top nutritional deficiency in the world and a major cause of preventable brain damage. Teenagers with low iron score lower on cognitive tests, and a lack of iron during brain development leads to learning and concentration problems later on in life.

Top Farmacy Sources: Clams, Oysters, Beans, Grassfed Beef and Lamb, Duck, Liver, Sardines, Spinach, Pumpkin seeds, Dark Chocolate, Molasses

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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