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Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
No: Whole foods especially in the raw state is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals such as iron. An apple for example has over 12, 000 phytonutrients. I feel this is much better than taking man made synthetic pills.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It's worthless: Most "health information" that you read from militant vegetarians is rubbish. The iron in spinach can't even be absorbed -- it's bound to some organic acids. Only Popeye can use it. Especially if you're not a meat-eater, and you need iron supplements that actually work, you're going to take pills or injections. Have you and your physician sought the cause?

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