of iron and MS

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Postby L » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:29 pm

Remember that vitamin C helps the body absorb iron.

I am a little anaemic but pistachio nuts _ vitamin C seem to fix it..
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Postby jimmylegs » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:31 pm

ah ha, glad we might have tracked something down here, iim.

L - you are exactly right: from the article link above re science minded blah:

What about phytic acid? Phytates, which are found in most plant foods, can reduce iron absorption by up to 80%. But vitamin C—consumed along with a meal--can counteract the effect. In one study, preschoolers with iron deficiency anemia were given vitamin C supplements twice a day—100 mg at each of two phytate-rich meals. After two months, most of the kids were no longer anemic (Seshahdri et al 1985).

This underscores the importance of vitamin C. Many grains and legumes (including soy) can be good sources of iron--if you consume them with vitamin C.
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby THX1138 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:49 am

jimmylegs, do these results look healthy? I'm especially wondering about the iron saturation being so close to the bottom of the "normal" range.

Component ------------- Standard Range--------Your Value
IRON -------------------- 33 - 155 ug/dL---------52
FERRITIN --------------- 30 - 300 ng/mL---------67
TIBC -------------------- 200 - 400 ug/dL--------321
IRON SATURATION --- 15 - 50 % --------------- 16

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Component Standard Range Your Value
TRANSFERRIN 190 - 350 mg/dL 235
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:20 am

you could try getting the serum ferritin up to 80, but you don't want it any higher esp while you are working on imbalances... might be as simple as working to increase iron absorption/utilization. what is your daily intake of vit C right now?
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby THX1138 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:23 am

what is your daily intake of vit C right now?


most days it is minimal, but on the few days a week that I do a niacin flush, it is 500-1000 mg.
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:52 pm

to help with absorption of dietary iron, try adding daily vit C foods to your diet, via 1c servings of:
papaya, red peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, cauliflower, etc

parsley is good in large volumes as well. have you ever tried tabbouleh salad? loads of parsley which is FULL of vit C (has a decent shot of potassium too)

vit C foods:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... #foodchart

as you know, you'll need to keep an eye on your iron status as you work on your zinc situation. vit C will be one way to help.
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby THX1138 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:12 pm

can I just take vitamin C supplements for now?
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Re: of iron and MS

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:01 pm

yes - but obviously whole foods provide a more diverse array of nutrients and other beneficial factors that would not be contributed via an isolated supplement.
general recommendations are along the lines of 5-12 servings of veggies and fruit per day. so if you can start working on even one to two *full* servings per day (in addition to any V8 on the menu), it'll be a step in the right direction.
could be as simple as buying some snacks in the form of pre-cut mixed veg from a salad bar or stir fry section, plus a bottle of balsamic salad dressing for dipping.
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