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A Frequently Asked Question About Iron

from Jana Mitcham
February 16, 2004

Why isn’t there any iron in Vitacorp supplements? We have chosen not to put iron in our two basic supplements, VitaOne and VitaChe. We do this because of the risk of iron poisoning. People who are iron deficient need a separate iron supplement.

People who are iron deficient should be aware of the supplements and drugs that interfere with the absorption of iron, cause the loss of iron and facilitate the absorption of iron. I hope that the following information is helpful.

  • Taheebo Tea ( 1 or 2 cups a day)—it doesn't contain iron but it facilitates utilization.

  • Calcium at recommended levels would generally not interfere, just don't exceed 1000 mg a day (from all sources - food and supplement).

  • Vitamin C enhances absorption

  • Listed below are some common drugs that can either cause iron loss or decrease absorption:
    • Aspirin and ibuprofen (can cause bleeding/loss)
    • Antacids interfere with absorption
    • Anti ulcer drugs like cimetidine (Tagamet), rantadine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), and omeprazole (Prilosec) can interfere with absorption.

  • If you continue to supplement with iron, but your levels do not improve; ask your doctor to check for internal bleeding and/or check the type of iron supplement that you are taking—there is heme and non-heme. Heme is more readily absorbed than non-heme.

  • If you are trying to avoid iron, consider that it will be in "green" products and products with added trace minerals or products that contain liver.

 

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