As you all are aware, iron is very important for your body. This is important as it takes oxygen to your heart, your lungs. It takes it to the different organs in your body. It’s the carrier of oxygen, but did you know that if the iron levels are high above the normal limit. If you take too many supplements, then this is harmful to your body. Not only it leads to organ failure means it creates problems in your organs. In fact, it can lead to fatality. In this video, whatever I tell you about iron is research-based, study-based, and has scientific evidence to prove it.
I will tell you who should take iron? What is the right way of taking supplements? What should be the dose? Which things you should not take it with? These questions which I will answer, it’s not only for men and women but also for children. What happens in our country is that if anyone has tiredness due to any reason. They are fatigued or have pallor whenever we go and meet someone, then relatives see you have iron deficiency. So in our culture iron deficiency is common and this results in the person taking iron supplements. please don’t do this. It’s crucial to take a blood test before supplementation. The second common trend is blood transfusion. If you have any medical illness like Thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, or blood loss after pregnancy, and Dr has recommended then it’s fine but if you don’t suffer from these problems and you don’t have signs and symptom of blood anemia or you get a blood test and see you HB and it’s lower than 9 then get one bottle transfused and after that transfusion blood test should be repeated to see if the levels have risen.
According to research, all those men, women, and children under 6 years consumed iron supplements without blood works so they ended up having multiple organ failures. They suffered from diabetes, zinc deficiency and they started having liver problems. They started with heart failure. Some patiënt had such severe organ failure that it proved fatal for them. The reason is that the body ends up storing excess iron. where does it store it? in your heart, in your liver kidneys, pancreas? Hence, the iron starts to accumulate in these organs. Iron is a supplement that can be removed only through blood loss. It is not like other supplements which are excreted through urine, stools, sweating, etc. The next question is when to take iron supplements? Take than when you have these signs and symptoms. Shortness of breath, whilst talking, walking, or climbing stairs tiredness, fatigue and cramps on legs at night, cracks around the mouth (Angular Chelasis), swelling of the tongue, mouth ulcers, and cold extremities. How to take iron supplements? Iron not taken properly and taken in high doses can lead to side effects.
Dr asks to take them on empty stomach. This can lead to side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, cause, vomiting. these emerge when the iron is taken on an empty stomach. I would suggest taking them after having a little bit to eat like a piece of bread or fruit. what time to take? Best at night before bed. This will ensure that you don’t feel the side effects and take 1-2 hours after food will ensure your tummy is empty. Next question is to take them with plain water. Don’t take them with milk or any calcium products or liquid. The best way to take it is not to take it every day. According to scientific evidence, the best way is to take on alternate days, not pregnant women who need to take folic acid daily. Now, qs of the recommended dose, which start with 14 mg, can be increased depending on what dr has recommended. Try not to take more than 40-45 mg per day as they would cause more side effects bit again.
Go as directed by your physician. These are the recommended doses and I will post this table on my community tab as well. The best form of iron is to take iron or ferrous sulfate as it gets absorbed easily. Qs- who should get their iron tests done? Firstly women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleed, pregnant, and menopause or perimenopause, women trying to get pregnant, iron levels, and vitamin D levels need to be done, those on chemotherapy and are cancer patients, those who are athletic, swimming, running, those who do gym and are super active, those who have heart problems. According to research, 60% of patients with HF had low iron levels those with GI problems, who had gastric bypass, Ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, Crohn’s get their iron levels checked as the stomach is not able to absorb iron from food and in children who’re preterm or had low weight at birth. Which medicines interact with iron? Don’t take iron with medicines like lansoprazole or omeprazole those that aid digestion. Take iron 1 hour after these medicines to reduce stomach acid which helps absorb iron.
The second is hypothyroid patients on thyroxine. Iron decreases the efficacy of these meds 4 hours post thyroxine. Take your iron meds next, don’t take iron and calcium supplements together, keep a gap of 3-4 hours. are these supplements working? You will know when you have a burst of energy and having black tarry stools, means iron is working. How would I know if a lot of iron is stored in my body? You will have joint pain, stomach abdomen pain, some cases reported heart attack and angina problems, some suffered from diabetes. If you have constipation and diarrhea and it prolongs. Please consult your dr improve your diet. Take a banana, apples, liver, spinach. Don’t take liver in pregnancy. Take nuts, avocado, so basically fresh fruits ad vegetables, red meat also contains good iron levels.