What do you think about Don's new post about the negative effects of iron?
A few excerpts:
In The Iron Factor of Aging, Francesco S. Facchini discusses the relationship between iron and chronic diseases at length. After a thorough review of the evidence linking iron to inflammation, disease, and aging, he notes that when we look at modern nations, people who have diets with a lower iron availability also have lower rates of chronic inflammatory, autoimmune, and degenerative diseases. These include the Mediterranean and Asian nations where tea, wine, cheese, legumes, vegetables, and fruits provide the 'antinutrients' reducing iron availability, and people either consume less red meat and more white meat (fish and poultry, lower in iron) or nearly vegetarian diets.
[...] In general, in modernized nations, women have a greater life expectancy than men. This means women age more slowly, and this may occur because women lose iron every month, resulting in a lower iron status, and a lower level of hydroxyl radical formation.
[...] Men can reduce their iron stores by regularly consuming 'antinutrients' and giving blood.