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Would vitamin C helpful for thalassemia patient?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, in small doses

Vitamin c can enhance iron absorption (something most with thalassemia don't need) but also enhance iron excretion if taken with desferal.
There is evidence that vit c ; e are helpful in those who get transfusions- see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16623048 however, too much c may be hazardous- see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/206490-treatment 100 mg 2x/day is a safe dose.

In brief: Yes, in small doses

Vitamin c can enhance iron absorption (something most with thalassemia don't need) but also enhance iron excretion if taken with desferal.
There is evidence that vit c ; e are helpful in those who get transfusions- see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16623048 however, too much c may be hazardous- see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/206490-treatment 100 mg 2x/day is a safe dose.
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Dr. Helaire Decancq
Pediatrics

In brief: No

When anemic only a blood transfusion will help.

In brief: No

When anemic only a blood transfusion will help.
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