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What is the best food or supplements to take if you have low iron or if ur body doesn't retain iron?

What is the best food or supplements to take if you have low iron or if ur body doesn't retain iron?

First find the cause: Most important is to find out why your levels are low. For younger women, menstruation is the main reason. Low iron levels can be caused by blood loss, red blood cells not being made quickly enough, being destroyed or dying too quickly. Consult a doctor before taking supplements or making major dietary changes. Some iron-rich foods include dark green leafy vegetables, figs, dark molasses. ...Read more

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Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Iron deficiency: One can increase the iron level in your body much more quickly with iron supplements than with any type of food. ...Read more

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Will supplementing iron help the blood hold more oxygen? What are the best supplements and what are the side effects. Thanks nat.. Freediver.

Will supplementing iron help the blood hold more oxygen? What are the best supplements and what are the side effects. Thanks nat.. Freediver.

If you are deficient: If you are not iron-deficient or have an extra need (blood donor, if you are a man), all it will do is upset your stomach. If you are iron-deficient, you being a man need to find out why -- it's a bad ulcer or gut cancer until proved otherwise, and taking an iron supplement will mask this. If you load yourself with iron you don't need, you are asking for liver trouble, impotence, and more. ...Read more

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if I have very low iron levels in my blood history of gastric bypass...and supplements aren't helping lunch, what would he the next best step?

if I have very low iron levels in my blood history of gastric bypass...and supplements aren't helping lunch, what would he the next best step?

Low iron levels: Your clinician needs to review your entire record, history, and complete an examination on you. This is a tricky situation. By your question, you are associating the bypass surgery with the iron deficiency. While you may be correct, there are other causes for iron deficiency, as with a myriad of colon problems (colon cancer, i.e.) that must be considered. Seek help as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get iron into your body, without taking supplements or food that has iron in it?

Is there a way to get iron into your body, without taking supplements or food that has iron in it?

Donate blood: If you donate a pint of blood, you will be losing the iron that is bound in the blood. It is a relatively safe way to get the iron out of your blood and you are doing a blessed thing by donating. ...Read more

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What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

Let me help: Infants and toddlers need more iron than adults, in general, because their bodies are growing so quickly. In childhood, boys and girls need the same amount of iron -- 10 milligrams daily from ages 4 to 8, and 8 mg daily from ages 9 to 13. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: but may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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What food goes good with iron supplements ?

What food  goes good with iron supplements ?

Not cereal / milk: They can block absorption. How about fruits / vegetables / bread / protein? ...Read more

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How do I go about getting iron supplements ?

Pharmacist or MD: Many over the counter iron supplements are available.

However, you may wish (and I would recommend) to see your physician to get a recommendation for a regimen to take that is personalized for you based on your total iron stores, hemoglobin level, heaviness of your periods, etc. ...Read more

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Will i gain weight if i take iron supplements ?

Will i gain weight if i take iron supplements ?

No: No taking iron supplement will not make you gain weight. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's a good brand of iron supplements?

See below: Iron sulfate and iron fumerate are the more commonly prescribed iron pills. The fumerate compounds are more easily absorbed and are more easy on the GI tract. ...Read more

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What are some good quality iron supplements available?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Do i need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Why are you taking?: Yes, esp. If you are a man! it is generally unwise for men and post-menopausal women to take iron as you get adequate levels from diet. Iron is a pro-oxidant and if you aren't deficient appears to increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who lower iron load by donating blood have up to 88% less risk of heart attacks! see http://www.Anh-usa.Org/reduce-your-heart-risk/. ...Read more

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What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

Depends: Orally it is much as a person can tolerate, usually the pill size is 65 mg. Intravenously a much larger dose can be given at one sitting. You may consult this site for info: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/
If you need supplemental iron you may also try iron rich foods: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 ...Read more

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

That depends: What is the reason you are taking the iron supplement, if you are documented iron deficient, then taking two doses at the same time, may make you more constipated, but is not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Ascorbic acid: Vit c (ascorbic acid) increases the absorption of hard-to-absorb iron supplements by about 9%. You can use any food or supplement source, like oj or a pill. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Would it be safe to take 1, 170 mg of slow release iron supplements at once?

Sort of but...: That dose is not toxic, so in that sense it's safe, but iron supps are known to cause stomach upset and constipation & such a high dose may well cause those side effects, so i advise against taking so much at once! ...Read more

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What are some other ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

See below: The total daily requirement of iron in a normal person is about 1 mg. Rest of the iron is wasted by the body in the stools. However, if one continues to take mega doses of iron it can start depositing in the tissues, a dangerous event. ...Read more

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Hi. My iron level is 3.2 . Wouls supplements be enough or is an infusion necessary?

Hi. My iron level is 3.2 . Wouls supplements be enough or is an infusion necessary?

Depends: Oral supplements are usually enough. However, if you are not absorbing iron efficiently or you have excessive losses, each month, you may need an infusion. What is your hemoglobin? If it is above 8-10 gm, you should give oral supplements a try. Take multivitamins also.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Iron supplements for over a year. If I stop, my iron levels drop. Can't find cause. Help?

Keep up supplements: If you are still menstruating, that could be a plausible explanation. Other likely cause could be bleeding in the intestine. If bleeding in the intestine has been excluded, then malabsoroption like Celiac disease needs to be investigated. However, do continue taking iron.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but i still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Yes: Different formulations can have different effects. See this site for info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/iron-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/DRG-20070148
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Iron (Definition)

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