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What may I take if I find I have an iron deficiency in my diet?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you are iron-deficient, a doctor may prescribe daily iron supplements, which are available in over-the-counter and prescription forms. Most iron tablets contain ferrous or ferric non-heme iron, but some now contain heme iron as well. In general, iron supplements are best absorbed on an empty stomach because an acidic stomach helps to absorb iron. However, certain supplements may cause side effects like nausea and constipation so take them with food and increase your fiber intake, if that's the case.

Symptoms of iron-deficiency
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased performance at work or school
  • Sore and swollen tongue and lips
  • Paleness
  • Intolerance to cold
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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