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Wonka

I Have Iron Deficiency Anemia

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I have been having alot of trouble tolerating iron supplements. I finally discovered Floradix and was tolerating it (I'm sure the first bottle was gluten free). I've been sick for over a week now with joint/muscle pain, nausea, constipation, migraines, fatigue, gas and bloating. I thought that I had a virus. This morning before taking my iron I read the bottle and it has wheat germ in it. Are there two types of Floradix?

Any suggestions?

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Floravit is also made by Salus but is gluten free. Floradix is not. They are packaged in the same type boxes/bottles, but Floravit does say gluten free on the label.

Sorry you are feeling so badly from it.


Joni

Dx'd with Celiac Disease 8/01/07

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Oh dear,

I know how you feel, I had a really hard time trying to find gluten free supplements.

I take ferro-grad C which is iron plus vitamin C (to help you absorb the iron) this is gluten free but I'm in Australia so you might not get the same product wherever you are. I had tried other iron tablets before and not felt much of a difference, however the ferro-grad C has really made a difference. If you can't find a gluten free iron tablet that also has vitamin C, I would suggest increasing your vitamin C intake separately as it has made a big difference to me.


Australian

Gluten Free Since mid March 2008

As well as gluten I can't eat: cantaloupe, honeydew, dairy and most nuts and seeds. I also seem to have a problem with a lot of fruits and vegetables but only when they are raw.

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I used to take a great iron and it's been one of my frustrations that it is not gluten-free. It has barley in it. Drs. would be amazed that it would raise my levels as quickly as it did and it causes no stomach issues. I gave some to my OB/GYN to try because she didn't even take prenatels because the iron made her so sick and she did well with these. I was very frustrated that I could no longer take them after going gluten-free.

My alternative has been to take the multi-vitamin with iron and if I ever need more I just take more of the multi. The zinc I was taking also had gluten in so this helps with that as well. It's what the NP recommended and it's worked well. Are you just trying to maintain your iron or do you have low levels you need to raise? The type of iron is what's important and makes a big difference on how well it absorbs and if it makes you ill. Most supplements have the wrong iron and as someone else said it needs to be paired with C to increase absorption.

Paulette

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Floravit is also made by Salus but is gluten free. Floradix is not. They are packaged in the same type boxes/bottles, but Floravit does say gluten free on the label.

Sorry you are feeling so badly from it.

I have the correct iron now and with time I will start to feel better. This was a real eye opener for me about how important it is to check ingredients lists. Lesson learned.

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