Why should I be careful about coffee or tea if I have an iron deficiency?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The tannins found in tea and coffee interfere with iron absorption. Try to avoid drinking these beverages for a few hours before a meal that's high in iron, especially when you're trying to build up your body's stores.
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