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Iron Supplements



I read that iron supplements are contradictory for UC and may cause more bleeding. Other than shots is there a safer gentler iron supplement that one can take?


Elaine writes:

Yes, research of the last 20 years has shown that supplementary iron can cause all kinds of other problems since pathological bacteria in gut thrive on additional iron. the best approach to anemia (low hemoglobin) is B12 shots (you can watch the nurse the first time) which you can easily buy over the counter and do yourself with 1 cc needles. Once a week if person is very low and then work up to once a months along with oral folic acid - about l mg (or a little less i.e. .4-.8 mg per day with other vitamins. The diet has good iron in it and if you make the liver pate and a little is eaten each day along with other iron containing foods like beef, that should be better than iron supplementation which only works temporarilly if at all. Unless one gets to the basic problem of producing enough and healthy red blood cells, the supplemental iron is not only temporary but has other effects as I noted.



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