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Emily
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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:26 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi! I couldn't find another discussion thread on this, but I apologize if I missed something. Has anyone found an iron supplement they don't react to? I'm anemic, and getting more anemic, despite a pretty iron-rich (albeit vegetarian) diet. I need to try to take a supplement, but I've been unable to find one I don't have a horrible reaction to. I think some of it is that ferrochel is iron glycinate, and I suspect I react to anything with the word glycinate in it. The other problem, though, is that an iron supplement without any fillers or binders doesn't seem to exist (or I haven't found it!). I'm not sure what to do, as I eat massive amounts of lentils and spinach already -- I think I've maxed out on the dietary modification route.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone tried liquid iron?
nana
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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:13 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Emily, I found some notes that I had kept but two of the links to the web are no longer working. Perhaps you can take this information to do research to see if this is true or not. Hope you find what will help you.

Just 100g of fresh spinach and 50g of parsley, when juiced, will yield more iron than 300g of beef and more calcium than 300g of milk. What's more - the juicing really works; you build your blood and feed your tissues and naturally your energy rises.

I've also read that high levels of vit C will raise iron absorption. There's a bit about that here.
http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/nov98/910370904.Me.r.html

If you want to supplement with iron then you need to look for one that is chelated cos that is absorbed better.
B12 deficiency may also lead to anemia.

The results are suggestive that the addition of vitamin A and zinc to the treatment for anaemia can increase haemoglobin levels more than with iron alone.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 - 1:45 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

nana, if you provide the links that no longer work I may be able to find new links to those pages.
nana
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Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 - 3:12 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

http://www.kathrynalexander.com.au/getalife.htmmag/vegjuicing_html and http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32894 Hope this helps
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 - 4:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry, nana, but the first site you listed came up with no similar articles when I did a search, while the second one also seems to have purged the page. At this point it is easier to search other sites for information, so here are a couple new links:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/11045-eat-anemia-as-vegetarian/

http://thevegschool.net/tvs-feeds/62-how-to-prevent-anemia-via-a-healthy-vegetarian-diet
nana
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Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 3:42 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roy, you're a super researcher!
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 4:02 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Nana.
LisaS
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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:05 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For some reason I thought cooking greens freed up the iron. Raw greens often have a lot of oxolate too. I found these:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/475064-effect-of-heating-on-iron-in-food/

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2002-0816.ch010

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030881460300445X

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