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problems with iron supplement

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2010 at 2:50 AM

've been taking ferrous gluconate for my anemia. i'm pretty sure i've isolated it as the cause of my fluctuating temperatures at night which are interfering with my sleep. i also feel a little pain in the gut. searching around i came upon this quote:

Unbound non-heme iron is also more likely to spin off prooxidants and lead to the formation of free radicals than heme iron. For this reason, many practitioners elect to use heme iron sources when iron supplementation is necessary.

the iron supplements are non-heme iron. i am wondering if the increase in free radicals might be the cause of my temperature dysregulation. i'm also reading around to see if i can deal with my anemia strictly through diet- like eating chicken hearts 3 times a day (lovely <3 , <3 <3).

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thank you! could be from heavy periods. somehow thyroid problems and low iron are related, but i can't seem to find out what comes first- low iron causes thyroid problems or thyroid problems cause low iron. i heard gastritis is related to h.pylori bacteria infection. that's what they thought was my problem, but triple antibiotics for days did not help. i don't have a candida problem. i still show positive for the h.pylori bacteria, but that doesn't mean much since once you've been exposed, you'll always get a positive test result. and it's an extremely common gut bacteria.

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jamie, can you give me more info about your sister? how long did it take her to turn her anemia around? did she ever take supplements? why not? did she have her ferritin tested? what was it? what was the cause of her anemia? how old was she when she realized she had anemia? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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on July 12, 2010
at 09:02 AM

Oysters and clams are very high in iron.

Iron is irritating to the gut so if you have a fragile system or leaky gut, iron will make it worse.

Do you have any candida or bacterial overgrowth problems? The bacteria thrives on iron and this is why people with candida problems are better to stay off of iron supplements. In fact, in a book called Survival of the sickest there is a story about people surviving an epidemic because they where so low in iron that the virus could not survive.

Do you have any explanation as to why you're anemic in the first place? I'm low in iron and it turns out that I have a gastritis where my stomach is probably bleeding so I'm probably losing iron this way. In my case, the solution is not to get more iron, witch makes the problem worse, but to heal the gastritis and related problems.

You could also have a look at lactoferrin and apolactoferrin witch binds to iron and helps bring it to the cells. Breast milk is high in lactoferrin because it's much needed by newborns.

Hope you'll get better!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

thank you! could be from heavy periods. somehow thyroid problems and low iron are related, but i can't seem to find out what comes first- low iron causes thyroid problems or thyroid problems cause low iron. i heard gastritis is related to h.pylori bacteria infection. that's what they thought was my problem, but triple antibiotics for days did not help. i don't have a candida problem. i still show positive for the h.pylori bacteria, but that doesn't mean much since once you've been exposed, you'll always get a positive test result. and it's an extremely common gut bacteria.

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on July 12, 2010
at 03:18 AM

I am not a medical doctor but I heard that iron is no longer included in multivitamins because isolated iron is dangerous, that the best way to get iron is to get it through diet.

A diet high in meat is very high in iron, that is what I would suggest. Eggs are also a good source of iron.

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on July 12, 2010
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Personally, I'd try to help the anemia situation through diet. Liver,heart, organ meats in general. I understand having to do something about the anemia, as my sister has had problems with it for years. Lots of organ meats, red meats and the like seem to help her stay away from meds.

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on July 12, 2010
at 10:27 PM

jamie, can you give me more info about your sister? how long did it take her to turn her anemia around? did she ever take supplements? why not? did she have her ferritin tested? what was it? what was the cause of her anemia? how old was she when she realized she had anemia? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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