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Is it a high iron diet or excess iron supplement harmful for a person?

Is  it a high iron diet or excess iron supplement harmful for a person?

Excess: Excess of any vitamin or supplement can have adverse effects. Follow the recommendation of your physician as to the need and quantity of any dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I have had low ferritin levels for 2 years now and I've been taking an iron supplement regularly for a year along side high iron diet and still anemic?

I have had low ferritin levels for 2 years now and I've been taking an iron supplement regularly for a year along side high iron diet and still anemic?

Iron deficient: Sometimes, even though eating a high iron diet, the absorption is decreased. Diet= rich in iron- red meat, beans, milk and green leafy veg. You can try taking ferrous fumarate (Ferrette's on amazon) 325 mg po q day to help with the iron absorption. Retake the serum iron/ferritin in 3-4 months of trial. ...Read more

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Can you raise ferritin levels with high iron diet alone? OR is it similar to vitamin D in that it takes supplements and months to bring up?

Can you raise ferritin levels with high iron diet alone? OR is it similar to vitamin D in that it takes supplements and months to bring up?

Depends: If you have iron deficiency anemia, it will take months with oral iron supplements. Menstruating women are not uncommonly iron deficient and it would be prudent to take oral iron and multivitamins. 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. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My age is 42 years & vegetarian female.So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?

My age is 42 years & vegetarian female.So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?

Depends: It is best to have your CBC and iron checked. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. There are what we call essential Amino Acids and essential minerals that have to come from certain sources. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about them. ...Read more

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Serum iron a bit low not anaemic or anything. Can i fix this with diet instead of supplements from doctor? I also started 17mg iron supplement a day.

Yes: You are doing it right. Not all people can tolerate the iron pills. Green leafy vegetables are healthy in many ways and are good sources of iron. ...Read more

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She is having her hb result 11 and ferretin 14 . She suffers now from excessive exhusion and hair loss, stated taking iron supplement wht should be don?

She is having her hb result 11 and ferretin 14 . She suffers now from excessive exhusion and hair loss, stated taking iron supplement wht should be don?

Hair loss: She is anemic . She needs to go on a proper diet rich iniron, like green vegetables and complex cereals. A dietician or nutritionist might be helpful to restore a proper diet. ...Read more

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What is recommended for a person taking levofloxacillin as an iron supplement fumerate or sulphate?

What is recommended for a person taking levofloxacillin as an iron supplement fumerate or sulphate?

Iron supplements: Iron sulfate is the supplement of choice for iron deficiency, but iron fumarate has similar bioavailability and CAN also be taken for iron deficiency. Since any iron can interfere with absorption of levofloxacin, make sure your take any iron at least 2 hours before or after the levofloxacin dose to avoid this problem. ...Read more

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Can i take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Yes: You should be able to take B12 and iron at the same time. Iron does however interfere with other vitamins and minerals being absorbed such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin c. ...Read more

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How do you take iron supplement drops?

How do you take iron supplement drops?

Not Necessary: Iron supplementation is not necessary in healthy children, toddlers or infants. There is an ample amount in formula and breast milk and in children in their normal diets. If the child has iron anemia you can treat with iron drops to replenish the iron stores needed to maintain a normal red blood cell count. Ask your doctor whether your child needs iron. ...Read more

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Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Only Breast Feeding?: If your baby is not eating solid food at 4 months of age and is breast feeding.American Academy Of Pediatrics recommend giving Iron Supplement of 11 mgm per day. Because breast milk contains little iron and your babies own iron reserves wont be sufficient to make the difference.Once the baby start eating iron rich foods then probably will not need the supplement. ...Read more

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Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

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. ...Read more

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Should i take an iron supplement if my haemoglobin i is low?

Should i take an iron supplement if my haemoglobin i is low?

A good idea.: This is good because hb us usually low in women particularly due to menstrual cycles that involve loss of blood. Iron is needed to complete red blood cell development, and so replace lost blood. A balanced diet with a healthy portion of red meat also helps. ...Read more

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Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Not an easy question: Though some salts of iron are better absorbed than others, they may not provide the same amount of elemental iron. You may have to sacrifice one for the other. In addition, some salts are better tolerated (less GI side effects). Check with your pharmacist regarding which forms they carry and how will they affect you. ...Read more

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How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

Couple of weeks: If your anemia is due to iron deficiency and you start taking iron pills, you would see the beginning of the response in a few days, though it may take a few weeks to notice a substantial rise in hemoglobin. 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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Been donating Plasama. HCT readings have been 31, 35, 37. I started taking iron supplement. Is it suitable for me to donate.

Been donating Plasama.  HCT readings have been 31, 35, 37.  I started taking iron supplement.  Is it suitable for me to donate.

Yes.: Plasma donation does not affect HCT. You may take iron if you are still menstruating. It is kind of you of you to donate plasma. Your blood bank is expected to monitor your donation frequency to make sure that you do not run low on proteins. ...Read more

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I read consuming too much iron can cause problems(iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should i stop?

I read consuming too much iron can cause problems(iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should i stop?

YES!!! and YES!!!: Iron supplements should only be routinely taken by menstruating women. Iron is a pro-oxidant & increases risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who regularly donate blood have a significantly lower risk of heart disease & cancer because that is the best way to reduce your iron load. Consider donating blood to reduce your iron! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more