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Should I take iron supplements?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Before you consider supplementing iron, get tested for iron-deficiency anemia. You don't want excess iron in your system, especially post-menopausal women who don't lose iron through blood loss regularly, as excess iron can function as an unwanted prooxidant (the opposite of antioxidant). Additionally, iron supplementation can cause or exacerbate constipation. That said, if you're still in your reproductive years and menstruate regularly, you lose iron each month. Unless it's replaced in your diet or with the combination of diet and supplements, you could suffer some of the unpleasant symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia -- chronic exhaustion being one of them.
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Under your doctor's supervision, iron should be taken by people who have iron-deficiency anemia. Anemia is a condition that results from too few red blood cells in the body. It can occur due to poor diet, pregnancy, excessive bleeding, or other medical conditions.

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