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For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

Fe deficiency is a..: Symptom of a problem as much as being a problem in its own rite. It's important to both correct the deficiency and discover its source. To correct, continue oral fe supplements until hematocrit normalizes then continue for another 3months to replete stores. If you find the source and fix it, your only significant source of fe loss is bleeding. If you don't fix it, the fe deficiency will recur. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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What iron supplements can you take for an iron deficiency?

What iron supplements can you take for an iron deficiency?

Iron pill and foods: There are general vitamins high iron and also specific iron pills. Foods rich in iron include red meat, egg yolks, greens, beans, dried fruits, lentils, soybeans, mollusks, and iron-enriched cereals, grains & macaroni, lentils. Foods high in vitamin c help absorps iron better. Consult your doctor to avoid unnecessary over consumption of iron. ...Read more

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How can wheatgrass chelate iron if it contains iron and fixes iron deficiencies in the blood?

How can wheatgrass chelate iron if it contains iron and fixes iron deficiencies in the blood?

Chelating separate: The chelating function of wheatgrass is a separate property from it also having iron. 1 ounce of wheatgrass has about 10% of the daily allowance of iron but it is proven to chelate iron. I don't know if the mechanism is entirely known, but wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll and if you trade the atom of magnesium at the core of a chlorophyll molecule for an iron molecule it becomes hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Please tell me what iron supplements can you take for an iron iron deficiency?

Multiple Options: There are many over the counter iron supplements available. Ferrous gluconate and ferrous sulfate are two options. Some are more constipating than others. Taking a stool softener along with your iron supplements may ease the constipation. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia. What are the best foods to take with multivitamin with iron?

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I have iron deficiency anemia. What are the best foods to take with  multivitamin with iron?

Iron def: Open this link: www.Ironrichfood.Org ; http://www.Webmd.Com/diet/iron-rich-foods; http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/anemia/hic-anemia-and-iron-rich-foods.Aspx. ...Read more

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Iron saturation= 10 %. All else normal, no anemia. On supplements for vit B deficiency. Do I need iron supplements to help with fatigue and rls ?

Iron saturation= 10 %. All else normal, no anemia.  On supplements for vit B deficiency.  Do I need iron supplements to help with fatigue and rls ?

Anemia: Transferrin saturation of less than 20% indicates iron deficiency. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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My doc asked me to take 2 pills of 325mg of iron daily for iron deficiency.Can I take 25mg iron bisglycinate instead?How much iron bisglycinate daily?

My doc asked me to take 2 pills of 325mg of iron daily for iron deficiency.Can I take 25mg iron bisglycinate instead?How much iron bisglycinate daily?

Insufficient: 25 mg of bis glycinate is not enough to replace 325 mg of ferrous sulfate. Ferrous sulfate is less expensive. You should take it with meals and if constipation is an issue, take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For more information you may consult this paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24152889 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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Can you overdose on iron supplements when you have low ferritin? What is the optimal dose of iron to take to raise ferritin significantly?

No: The gut is very inefficient at absorbing iron. So you really cannot take too much. Oral replacement takes several weeks. In a more pressing circumstance your doc could offer IV iron. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

Yes: You can if your doctor prescribes it. If you have a condition requiring iron supplementation then by all means do so under the guidance of your physician. Most multivitamins only contain a small amount of iron, and you may need more if you are iron deficient. Always follow the advice of a qualified physician. ...Read more

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements (ferrous gluconate)?

Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements (ferrous gluconate)?

Ferrous gluconate: The body can only absorb limited amounts of iron at one time. It is okay to take two doses, if so instructed by your doctor, but it's important that you take one in the morning and one in the evening. ...Read more

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Should i take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron i've just lost during period?

Should i take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron i've just lost during period?

See below: Some ladies loose a lot of blood during their periods for multiple reasons. They are therefore prone to develop iron deficiency anemia. Before taking iron, have your doctor run a complete blood count; and if necessary do other iron studies (serum iron, ferritin, TIBC etc.). ...Read more

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Being predisposed to hemochromatosis, is it okay to take iron supplements for incredible fatigue possibly due to anemia?

Being predisposed to hemochromatosis, is it okay to take iron supplements for incredible fatigue possibly due to anemia?

Do not guess: Get checked out for anemia first and verify need for iron supplementation before taking any. Do not just guess. Also get thyroid checked out. Make sure to check free T3 (liothyronine) and reverse t3 (liothyronine). Ft3 (liothyronine) should be in upper range and rt3 (liothyronine) in lower range. ...Read more

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What vitamins can you recommend for an iron deficiency anemia?

Iron Pills: Iron pills (ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and ferrous fumarate) are great for iron deficiency anaemia. They are otc too, so you can have your pharmacist make a recommendation. ...Read more

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What is the best supplement to take for low iron deficiency ?

What is the best supplement to take for low iron deficiency ?

Any iron: There are different types of iron supplements on the market. Some may cause constipation so you might need to try a few before finding one that works best for you. Iron bi-glycinate is a highly absorbable iron that works well, especially when taken with vitamin c. Check with your doctor to find out how much iron you need. ...Read more

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How do they test for iron deficiency anemia?

How do they test for iron deficiency anemia?

A simple blood test: The body uses iron to help build blood cells. Iron-deficiency anemia, which is a low blood count caused by being low on iron, is easily detected by a simple blood count, and then confirmed by measuring the iron level. ...Read more

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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


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