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Iron Deficiency


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#1 boysmom

 
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:19 PM

I've been gluten-free for 9 months now and doing much better overall. My last checkup showed that I'm anemic again and the nurse who called with my results said to take a supplement or multivitamin. I've been piecemealing my supplements and had discovered that all the B supplements that came in pill or capsule form upset my stomach, so I've been using liquid with no problems. I'm finding that iron is causing a similar problem.

I've tried Slow FE and Gentlesorb (from GNC) and both have left me feeling like I'm not digesting them properly. I have almost immediate vision problems (can't get my eyes to focus), water retention, and extreme tiredness. Those are my early warning for gluten, but with gluten this would be followed by digestive problems and diarrhea. I have very similar reactions to nightshade vegetables, but I've been avoiding those too and can't *see* any in the ingredient list. I checked and both of these supplements are gluten free, so I'm wondering how likely it is that they have potato starch in them, or if anyone has found a liquid iron supplement or know a better way to supplement. I am really feeling the anemia, so I know I need to take something, but I need something that isn't going to put me on the couch for the duration.
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#2 tarnalberry

 
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:02 PM

Whole Foods has liquid iron supplements. A popular one is Floradil or Floradix is a liquid iron supplement - but check the ingredients, one of the two has gluten, the other does not (it's clearly labeled). I use a different one, but don't recall the name at the moment.
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#3 Wolicki

 
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 06:42 AM

I found I couldn't tolerate any oral supplements. I tried them all, and they all made me nauseous or actually vomiting.
My doc set me up with iron infusions. I went twice, with 3 weeks in between, for IV infusions. It takes about 3 hours, doesn't hurt and it worked.
My Ferritin went from 2 to 45, where no pill would help.
Something to consider :D
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:31 PM

Blackstrap molasses. B)
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:05 PM

and using cast iron pans, particularly on acidic foods.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

Watkins has a liquid iron supplement called Beef Iron & Wine Tonic.

Ingredients: Sherry wine, water, alcohol (18%, v/v), ferric ammonium citrate, solid beef extract, natural and artificial flavors, ammonium hydroxide, sodium saccharin, Red #40, citric acid.

I've never taken it myself because I've never needed it. However, I've never been let down by any of their products (other than the ones that have gluten :P ;) ) and I use quite a lot of their products. I used to have a list of their gluten free products, but it would be about 4 years out of date now, and I have no idea where I've put it.

http://www.watkinson...talogLocale=USA
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

i was really anemic person from my childtime.
the doctor sad to me that iron deficiency is the most common blood disorder and it is caused by lack of iron.
Without a sufficient amount of iron the body can not produce enough hemoglobin.
I tried to use something that will help my body to produce more hemoglobin.
Almost all life of battle with anemia and it seems now i stoped to be anemic, my last researches was good.
All people who have same problem keep trying, never give up!
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#8 mommida

 
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

You might need to be checked for Pernicious Anemia. It has a connection to Celiac because it is caused by the gut lining lacking the proper intrinsic factor to process vitamin B12.

Iron supplements make me vomit. Foods with a higher iron level make me run for the bathroom too. :huh:

If there are any other "odd" symptoms you might be forgetting to mention, you should have your blood checked for other auto-immune disorders.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:41 PM

Floravital is the gluten-free version of Floradix. Try and take a vitamin C supplement with it. Vitamin C increases iron absorption.
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