OK, so here is some more on iron. We know that RLS and low iron go hand in hand; tooÂ much research on the matter to deny it. My question is why is there not more information and dialogue on the types of iron? You have to go to a health food store or browse on the internet to learn that there are different kinds of iron and do’s and don’ts in taking them. The pharmaceuticals and unwittingly the doctors would have us believe there are only 2 major kinds of iron that work thus the debateÂ on which is absorbed better,Â ferrous gluconate versus ferrous sulfate.
Â “Ferrous salt preparations (ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, and ferrous fumarate) are equally tolerable.Â Controlled-release iron preparations cause less nausea and epigastric pain than conventional ferrous sulfate, although the discontinuation rates between the 2 iron formulations were similar. Ferrous sulfate remains the standard first-line treatment of iron-deficiency anemia given its general tolerability, effectiveness, and low cost.”
I too was as uninformed as the general public as to the different kinds of iron until my hormone doctor found out I was so low in iron and recommended a more natural form of iron so I wouldn’t have induced iron-related digestive distress or free-radical problems that come with the salt related irons.Â I started to research on the internet and found some interesting information, in particularly from eHow and wellnessresource.com.
I am sure that my doctor was aware of the recent study that….. “identified iron as a key nutrient in cells that enables thyroid/ zinc gene signals to function in metabolic pathways. A lack of iron inside cells may reduce up to 80 different gene signals that would otherwise be following “thyroid instructions.” A lack of iron may handicap metabolism and cause metabolic fatigue”…… “Adequate iron is vital for properly oxygenated blood, muscle function, thyroid function, and growth.”
So, if iron is that important to not only the function of the blood, muscle and thyroid function and growth, as well as Restless Leg Syndrome, then why not more readily assessable information on it and some natural alternatives? I have found two that I think are worth mentioning; Ferrofood by Standard Process Inc. that is sold through Health Care Professionals and Blood Builder on Wellnessresource.com. If anyone out thereÂ has any other good natural formsÂ of iron, I would love to post the information.
One last point; I found these great tips on eHow, that give you several steps that can help you maximize your iron absorption with whatever type of iron you are currently taking.
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Â Take iron and vitamin C together. The presence of vitamin C can increase iron’s absorption by as much as 30 percent.Â
Avoid taking an antacid at the same time you take iron. Stomach acid is needed to properly absorb iron.Â Â
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Take iron at the same time as copper, manganese and molybdenum. They are needed for complete iron absorption.Â
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Avoid using excessive amounts of zinc and vitamin E, which can interfere with iron absorption.Â Â
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Take vitamin A and B complex at the same time as iron. They are also needed for complete iron absorption.Â
Also, if you have milk allergies your body might not be able to process the iron at all, so that might be something to check out.
Hope you have found this helpful.