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The Real Benefits of Iron

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  • This article was good- it could have listed iron-rich foods for those of us who prefer to get most of their nutrients through food as opposed to taking a lot of vitamin pills.
  • I spent a year feeling depressed, lethargic and with aching painful feet and legs before being diagnosed with severe anemia. 2 months and 4 iron infusions later I was on my way back to good health. Now, 2 years later, I'm healthier than I've been in many, many years with loads of energy! The cause of my anemia? Over use of OTC anti-inflammatory coupled with alcohol intake (not all that much either!). So read the labels, follow directions. OTC doesn't mean harmless.
  • I've got low iron for another reason not mentioned. In addition to being a premenopausal woman, I'm also a blood donor. I end up needing extra weeks between donations to build back my blood count. Since I want to keep donating, my doctor has recommended I take iron supplements to reinforce my stores.
  • I never get close to enough iron in my diet. What I really need is a detailed list of the best iron rich foods.
    I had a surgery cancelled because of iron deficiency. So I've had intravenous iron treatment. Pretty drastic, so this article was timely for me.
    I agree with CARL15. The issue is confusing. Too much can cause toxicity, however the iron supplement I found at the store contained 65mg tablets. If only 18 is needed for women and less for men, what is the reason for the increased dosage? I figured that it's just because some people with low iron have a hard time absorbing it. Depending on my daily intake of iron through my food, I will either take a whole pill or cut one in half as well as drink some orange juice (to help with absorption) when I take the pills. I am grateful for SparkPeople because otherwise I wouldn't be able to view my iron intake as easily as I do.
  • This issue can be so confusing ... some time back, I remember much talk of people consuming too much iron & that it was thought to be equally harmful to the heart as low hemoglobin counts. To this day, supplement manufacturers have decreased the amount of iron in multivitamins and minerals.
  • Thanks for this article. I've noticed that I haven't been getting enough iron lately, and was curious about the effects. Now I know, and I'm heading out to get a daily vitamin!!

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