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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

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