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2007/06/18 06:54:01 (permalink)
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Iron tablet absorbtion

Wasn't sure were to post this,my wife's been put on iron tablets for mild anemia the nurse told her to take them with meals but her mothers friend is a phlebotomist and has recommended taking the tablets with a glass of orange juice 30 mins before a meal because they will be absorbed better,who is correct?
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    TREBOR
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/18 17:57:33 (permalink)
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    Bump anyone?
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/18 18:02:18 (permalink)
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    Non-haem iron (the sort usually found in iron tablets & veggies) is better absorbed when accompanied by vitamin C, hence the orange juice suggestion.
    Haem iron (the sort found in black pudding, liver & red meats) is much better absorbed than non-haem iron (even when taken with Vit C).
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/18 18:14:24 (permalink)
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    Thanks very much mate.
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/19 13:58:56 (permalink)
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    Non haem iron absorption is inhibited by the presence of other nutrients such as phytates in cereals. So, if you take iron with a meal containing inhibitory factors, it may reduce absorption.
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/20 16:25:44 (permalink)
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    Both haem and non-haem iron are affected by calcium and phytates. My advice would be it's ok to have the iron tablets with a non-dairy meal, but avoid with breakfast ceareals and her mother's friend is quite right
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/20 21:09:48 (permalink)
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    Tea is an inhibitor too
    and the orange juice suggestion is ace
    Most women have too low an intake of iron in the West - so it may be worth looking at diet overall to improve iron intake that way - as that is the best method.

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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/20 21:36:50 (permalink)
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    Thanks everyone had to google phytates,she has been taking a tablet with her morning cereal,would taking it first thing with oj then cereal 30 mins later be ok?

    Les,she has been anemic before,as a teenager when she was vegetarian,after the birth of one of the kids but this time the nurse thinks the reason is because she had her tubes tied a year ago and its caused havoc with her periods,bleeding heavily and passing big blood clots for up to 10 days,she's been put on meds for this.
    post edited by TREBOR - 2007/06/20 22:35:45
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/21 23:03:01 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: TREBOR

    Thanks everyone had to google phytates,she has been taking a tablet with her morning cereal,would taking it first thing with oj then cereal 30 mins later be ok?

    yes
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    RE: Iron tablet absorbtion 2007/06/22 06:40:02 (permalink)
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    Thanks
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