Saturday, November 10, 2012
Did you know it matters when you take your calcium? If you are taking calcium supplements that contain calcium carbonate, you need to take them with a meal. And if you are also hoping to get iron from that meal or from other supplements or a multivitamin, you may be hoping in vain because calcium carbonate blocks iron absorbtion. So there's a couple of different things you can do, to prevent this from hindering your efforts at getting enough iron. First of all, you could switch to calcium citrate. This, some say, does not need to be taken with food, and you could take it before bed. Another thing you can do is to designate some meals as calcium meals (where you take your calcium supplements and you have as much dairy or calcium-fortified foods as you want) and at least one meal as an iron-rich meal that you don't include any calcium with- this is the perfect time to take an iron supplement. And when you take an iron supplement or you eat foods containing iron, you also need to either take a Vitamin C supplement or drink juice that has 100% Vitamin C, because Vitamin C is essential to absorbing the iron. Anyway, I am switching to calcium citrate soon because I have been taking a good multivitamin for over 10 months, and even though it contains the right amount of iron and Vitamin C, I am still having symptoms of anemia.