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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Did You Know? That most men and most post-menopausal women should not supplement with iron.

As you breathe, you take in oxygen from the air that is required by every cell in your body. 
The iron in hemoglobin delivers oxygen from the lungs to other body tissues.

Unlike children and women of child bearing age who often need to supplement with iron, most men and women who are past menopause get enough iron from their diet and supplementing with a vitamin that contains iron could cause the body to have too much iron in the blood. It has been shown that too much iron buildup could contribute to heart disease.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course and it can depend upon if you are eating enough iron rich foods such as spinach, broccoli and meat.

Are you a man or post menopausal woman and not sure if you are getting enough iron in your diet?

The best way is to have a simple blood test done and discuss the results with your doctor. If it shows adequate amounts of iron, then you should consider using a multi-vitamin that does not contain iron.

If the test shows you have anemic tendencies, meaning you are low on iron, then you should use a supplement that contains iron.

Signs of anemia are extreme fatigue, very pale skin, dizziness, and can’t concentrate. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor and ask if low iron could be a problem.

If you are really deficient, then you will want to consider adding an iron specific supplement. Your doctor will be able to tell you how many milligrams you need a day to get your levels up to where they need to be.

Choose a supplement that does not contain more than 20mg of iron per serving.

Iron can be hard for the body to absorb and it can be hard on the stomach, so you will want to make sure your iron supplement contains adequate amount of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron more easily.

Our recommendations for vitamins both with and without iron are:

Everybody is different and you may need to do some tests to verify if you need to supplement with iron or not.
Supplements are just that and should supplement a good diet, not replace one.

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