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Doctor insights on: Where Is Iron Absorbed In Your Body

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Where is iron absorbed in your body?

Where is iron absorbed in your body?

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 more

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Is serum total iron a good indicator of how much iron is being absorbed by your body?

Is serum total iron a good indicator of how much iron is being absorbed by your body?

Iron in blood: Total serum iron is a very good indicator of iron absorbed versus iron losses. Thus it reflects a balance. But there are better indicators. The best indicators are: serum iron concentration/total iron binding capacity, which is typically reported. And then this ratio is further reported as "percent iron saturation". Serum ferritin reflects long term iron stores. The % saturation should be >20 ...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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I heard oysters are a good source of iron. Are the mg's of iron in oysters well-absorbed into our bodies, like the iron from red meat is?

I heard oysters are a good source of iron. Are the mg's of iron in oysters well-absorbed into our bodies, like the iron from red meat is?

Iron supplementation: It is a good source but you would have to eat a lot of oysters to get enough iron to show a real improvement in your iron stores. ...Read more

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Can u explain iron saturation-3. I understand it indicates iron deficiency but what does it mean? Only 3% is being absorbed in my body?

Can u explain iron saturation-3. I understand it indicates iron deficiency but what does it mean? Only 3% is being absorbed in my body?

Not quite!: Most of the iron in body floats attached to carrier proteins. These proteins carry the iron around the body to the places needed & release it to the tissues. Iron saturation is a measure of how much of the iron binding proteins are taken up by iron. If you have low iron the binding proteins go even up to try get more iron. The saturation is the % of these proteins taken up by iron. ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat( like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat( like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Few Simple Answers: Reality: the rate, speed, completeness may be altered some. None of the issues are as simple as implied by question as stated. The real high-tech is within each of us. Medicine, with scientific assistance, is about working to sort out some of the complexities within us. Basic chemistry principles, applied with fantastic complexity (called biochemistry, i.e. As implemented by all living organisms). ...Read more

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What happens without iron in your body?

Anemia: Iron is a necessary element and basic building block for hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the molecule in our red blood cells that transports oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. Lack of iron decreases our hemoglobin causing anemia. Anemia leads to fatigue, lethargy, diminished oxygen to organs, and ultimately death if not addressed. ...Read more

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What causes high levels of iron in body?

Depends: 1 excess intake 2 hemochromatosis, a condition leading to accumulation of iron. Treated with medications and phlebotomy, or periodic removal of blood. ...Read more

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What happens when iron gets low in body?

Anemia: Your bone marrow needs iron to make red blood cells and when there is not enough iron your bone marrow cannot make enough red blood cells and you become anemic. ...Read more

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Why does iron not get stored in the body?

It's stored in many : Places, ferritin is a protein that stores iron & releases it as needed, if enough is available. About 18% of dietary iron is absorbed from a carnivorous diet; about 10% from a vegetarian diet. ~ 2/3 of the body's iron is in hemoglobin to help red blood cells carry oxygen. It's also in myoglobin, to help store oxygen in muscles, & in some enzymes that help energy production in cells. ...Read more

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What is a normal iron level for your body?

Gender specific: Serun: 50-17 for women 65-175 for men tissue levels are another thing and in disease this is determined by biopsy and analysis for iron. ...Read more

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What makes a woman s body not absorb iron?

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

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What should I do to get more iron in my body?

What should I do to get more iron in my body?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, 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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What happens if my body gets more iron than I need?

What happens if my body gets more iron than I need?

Iron overload: Normally excessive dietary iron is eliminated in the stool. If a person has hemochromatosis they absorb an increased amount of iron and it builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). ...Read more

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My body no longer absorbes iron why is it doing this?

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 more

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What happens if my body gets more iron than it needs?

Excess iron: Although iron is needed for oxygen transport the excess of iron can cause tissue damage to organs, including the lungs, kidneys and liver. It's excess has been associated with increased risk of blood clots, strokes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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What would cause me to have way to much iron in my body?

What would cause me to have way to much iron in my body?

Taking iron: Multi vits with iron are the most common culprit. If that's the case stop them and retest in a month or two. Some family's have a disorder called hemochromatosis which makes your body hang on to the iron. This can be dangerous as iron is toxic to liver, joints, etc. Have it checked out. ...Read more