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Foods That Deplete Iron From The Body
Complicated: When patients become anemic, there is an increase in iron absorption proteins (metalothionines) in the upper small bowel to increase the avidity of iron absorption. Ordinarily, heme iron (in meats) is better absorbed than nonheme (vegetable sources, including beans) and is less affected by other factors like vitamin c, fiber content, oxalates. Medicinal (inorganic) iron is not affected by these. ...Read more
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
Hello. Some people says that eating any food contain protein and following it with milk within 3 hours that will cause lose of iron inside the body?
Iron: I don't believe that is true. Milk does not chelate iron. ...Read more
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
Meat: First and foremost. So is liver. "politically correct" ads showing beans, tofu, spinach, and peanut butter are misleading. Vegetarians who do not know exactly what they are doing tend to become iron-deficient -- and if you are iron-deficient, you've been done a terrible disservice. Look also for possible sources of bleeding if you're diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: It's your physician's task to explain why you've been recommended to have a low-iron diet. If this is for the management of hemochromatosis (the easiest of all the very-serious diseases to manage), then ask a couple of experts whether this is really key to its management given the awesome effectiveness of therapeutic phlebotomy, or whether you can eat what you enjoy. ...Read more
Many menstruating women suffer with iron deficiency anemia. This may occur due to heavier periods, poor iron intake, or both. Pregnant women need extra iron to produce a large amount of blood preparing for delivery.
Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach, and also with vitamin c supplement; acid improves absorption. Sometimes iron is difficult to tolerate, upset stomach or constipation. ...Read more
Anemia: Iron is a necessary element and basic building block for hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the molecule in our red blood cells that transports oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. Lack of iron decreases our hemoglobin causing anemia. Anemia leads to fatigue, lethargy, diminished oxygen to organs, and ultimately death if not addressed. ...Read more
It's stored in many : Places, ferritin is a protein that stores iron & releases it as needed, if enough is available. About 18% of dietary iron is absorbed from a carnivorous diet; about 10% from a vegetarian diet. ~ 2/3 of the body's iron is in hemoglobin to help red blood cells carry oxygen. It's also in myoglobin, to help store oxygen in muscles, & in some enzymes that help energy production in cells. ...Read more
Few things: There are some vitamins or minerals that can prevent iron absorption. Such as calcium can decrease iron absorption while vitamin c can increase iron absorption from plants. Vegetarians can have decreased iron because our bodies dont absorb their iron as well. Antacids or medications for peptic ulcers which usually contain calcium can also decrease iron absorption. See your physician for monitoring. ...Read more
Sources of iron: The nih has an excellent website with lists of the best sources of iron, both animal & vegetable/grains as well as factors that affect iron absorption: http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more
Many healthy foods: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more
Meats: Beef, liver, ham, spinach, sweet potato, lentils, cashews, broccoli, eggs, chicken. ...Read more
Iron overload: Normally excessive dietary iron is eliminated in the stool. If a person has hemochromatosis they absorb an increased amount of iron and it builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). ...Read more
Huh?: Relatively uncommon. Can be seen with generalized malabsorption such as celiac disease ( gluten enteropathy ) but generally this is associated with other signs of malnutrition. Iron absorption can be down if you have no stomach acid but this has not been seen with anti acid therapy. I think you should clear this up with your doctor. Iron can be taken with vit c to improve absorption. ...Read more