Recently I was informed by my doctor that blood tests show I'm anemic so she couldn't approve my oral surgery. Up until lost tooth would drink my orange when took my iron supplement. Problem is that since lost tooth orange juice makes me get sharp pains where lost tooth. I've changed my diet to increase the amount of iron rich foods and taken my iron supplement faithfully. Do the pain level I have changed the juice I drink to apple when take my iron supplement. That doesn't bother me at all, but does it have enough Vitamin C? I mean does it have enough Vitamin C to help the iron absorption from the foods I eat?
No, juice will not have enough Vitamin C to take your iron supplement with. Take a Vitamin C tablet at the same time as your iron each day. Do not have dairy, soy products, chocolate, or caffeine containing beverages within 2 hours before and within two hours after. You have to leave yourself a window there, to not have anything that interferes with iron absorption. Another thing that interferes is spinach, though a lot of people will say it contains iron. Yes, it contains some iron, but it also contains an ingredient which will block iron, so you want to eat that at another time of day as when you take your iron supplement. Also, you can eat things at the same time that contain iron to help increase absorption, such as eggs, lentils, and meat if you're not a vegetarian. Cooking food in an iron skillet will help you add iron to your diet, but be mindful of whether or not you are eating the foods you're cooking with someone who cannot have extra iron. If you are doing all the cooking, and there's someone in your family like that, the iron skillet may just be a pain, because you'd have to use separate skillets for both considerations. Also, if you really need this surgery, you might consider taking your iron more than once a day. But do not double it! Take it at separate occasions, always leaving yourself a window of foods that don't interfere with iron absorption. Some people who are really deficient take it four times a day. If you need to, then do it. It sounds like it's already kind of an emergency, since you need the surgery. I'm sorry this advice is so late. 1283 days ago
Do you drink milk around the same time of taking your iron? If you do then the iron is binding to the calcium and then goes straight out the bottom and your body is not getting any of it. 1625 days ago
I have the opposite of you-rustic high levels of iron calcium is the only known thing to block BOTH forms of iron. Also tannin found in dark tea & coffee block iron. So maybe avoiding those things can help. Good luck. 1625 days ago
Take a Vitamin C supplement with your iron supplement. I've had multiple bouts of serious anemia and find that the Vitamin C supplement really helps. Also, be sure not to eat dairy at the same time you take your iron. Calcium blocks the absorption of iron. Good luck! 1625 days ago
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