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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