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Supplements (Definition)

Supplements is also known as Vitamins and supplements. 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


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Can aspirin(50 mg daily)and Coumadin cause deficity of iron. Hemoglobin of my 10 month old is 106, how to increase hemiglobin without iron sypplements?

Can aspirin(50 mg daily)and Coumadin cause deficity of iron. Hemoglobin of my 10 month old is 106, how to increase hemiglobin without iron sypplements?

Anemia: By your question it is hard to know if your child is taking Aspirin and Coumadin or somebody else. If a person is on Coumadin he is closely monitored. The combination of the two drugs can causemicroscopic bleeding . Nevertheless , by eating cereals you can replace iron. ...Read more

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I have 12.3 of hemoglobin for 2 years straight. Do i need iron supplement?

I have 12.3 of hemoglobin for 2 years straight. Do i need iron supplement?

Not absolutely: Unless you have symptoms of Anemia(you are not actually anemic) or your Red blood cell indices(such as MCV) are low, you should not take iron supplements. If you want further evaluation as to why your hemoglobin (Hb) is slightly on the lower side of normal, you should go see your doctor asnd havbve a medical evaluation to check you for any blood loss which is one reason Hb can be lower than normal ...Read more

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My ferritin is 56 and my hemoglobin is 14 and I take iron supplement 3 times per week is it good?

Yes: Assuming the same US standard lab range values. Keep taking the iron as prescribed. I'm guessing you are taking due to iron loss from menstrual cycles? Best wishes. ...Read more

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If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take iron supplements?

If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take  iron supplements?

Probably: You are not anemic, but probably are tending toward iron deficiency. Talk to the doc who ordered the tests for guidance on more testing and/or therapy. ...Read more

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If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin, would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.

If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin,  would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.

Iron Deficiency : What is your serum iron and iron binding capacity ? If your iron is low and iron binding capacity is high , then you have iron deficiency and you need to be on iron supplement . Also how did they describe the morphology of your red cell ? Did they say they are pale and lack iron check with your doctor . If you have to start take a Gluconate supp with Vit C . Good luck . ...Read more

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