A 41-year-old member asked:
Why does excess iron cause constipation?
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Internal Medicine 49 years experience
SLOWING DOWN BOWELS: Iron slows down digestive system.Slow release iron is slowly absorbed and less constipating. Fast absorbing iron supplement causes more constipation but quickly absorbed.
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Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Motility: Iron is a metal needed in production of hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the tissues. As a metal it can affect magnetic potentials in muscle and nerves. This then can slow muscle contractility which slows motility and results in less "push" and slowing of the gut and constipation.
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Last updated Mar 14, 2019
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