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What Happens If You Can Not Absorb Iron
Iron absorption: I doubt that you can't absorb iron. Meat and vitamin c are two things that enhance the iron absorption from your diet. There is an intravenous iron that raises your iron levels quickly, but it's mostly for people who can't tolerate iron pills. I think some doctors overuse this; has to do with reimbursements from insurances for office infusions. ...Read more
I've read too much red meat is unhealthy, but that it's also the best source of absorbable iron. How much can/should I eat a week for sufficient iron?
Iron pill: Rather than relying on red meat, you may take oral iron supplement available over the counter. If constipation tends to be an issue, take the pill with meals and you may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. 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
It does not matter: It matters little when you take each of them. ...Read more
Small Intestines: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm afraid-no: It's also dangerous practice.Get a more detailed answer ›
Enriched foods: Sources of iron - egg yolks, 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
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