I never get close to enough iron in my diet. What I really need is a detailed list of the best iron rich foods.
2/25/2008 8:03:33 PM
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.
2/25/2008 7:50:11 AM
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.
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