Iron: Who Needs More, Who Needs Less, How And Why (II).
By Dr. John H. Maher.
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|Taking just 100 mg of Vit C with your meals can increase your iron uptake by 250% ! Tea, and worse coffee, can prevent 50% to 80% of the iron from being absorbed. In the elderly, supplementing with HCL (hydrochloric acid) is sometimes needed in order for assimilation of iron to be possible, especially iron pills. Many antacid medications interfere with iron digestion by making the stomach "less acid". It should be noted here that "acid stomach " is almost never a stomach that is too acid, rather a stomach lining that no longer protects against acid like a healthy stomach does, or it is acid "refluxing" up into the unprotected esophagus.
Your doctor can measure your iron status quite easily. However, early anemia symptoms will show before a simple iron test shows anemia. Special iron binding capacity tests, and iron transfering tests are more accurate. The earliest detection will come from darkfield microscopy, a special microscope used mostly by alternative practioners.
Iron from a multivitamin can be very difficult to absorb, especially the inexpensive brands. So if your fatigued and not eating wisely, don't count on your ONE A DAY to bail you out. Iron peptonate and glycinate are two of more easliy assimlated forms. They are also less likely to cause nausea and constipation, two problems with iron pills.
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Dr John H Maher Ed., "Longevity News" - "Your Prescription for Wellness" - More Details at: http://www.RxforWellness.com
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