Iron supplements can be an important part of a healthy diet for some people (for example, those with anemia). These supplements, which can be taken as capsules, tablets, or liquids, restore iron to the body, correcting low iron levels and alleviating symptoms being caused by insufficient iron in the body.

Along with pregnancy, childbirth, and menstrual bleeding, fibroids are one of the most common reasons that women develop iron deficiency anemia. Fibroids can be symptomatic or asymptomatic, but their link to the reduction of iron stores in the body should be a cause for concern.

Symptoms of anemia can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Anemia caused by a deficiency of iron in the red blood cells is the most common type of anemia in the United States. Afflicting almost 5 million Americans, this problems makes it difficult for the blood cells to deliver oxygen throughout the body.

However, iron supplements, while useful, can also cause uncomfortable side effects or result in iron overload, when there is too much iron in the body. To help you safely and effectively take iron supplements, here are a few tips:

Eat something when you are taking the iron supplements.

Iron supplements, if they are not taken after you have eaten something, can cause stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. While an empty stomach improves the efficiency of absorption of the iron, a small snack can help to protect you from uncomfortable digestive issues.

Avoid eating certain foods before taking iron supplements.

Some foods do not mix well with iron supplements. In particular, avoid the following:

  • Milk
  • Calcium
  • Antacids
  • Caffeine
  • High fiber foods (raw veggies, whole grains, etc.)

Instead, wait two hours after eating these foods to take your iron supplements.

Drink orange juice.

Orange juice, in an 8 ounce serving, is recommended by doctors when you are taking iron supplements because of the juice’s ability to help the absorption of iron into the blood.

Talk to your doctor about other medications you are taking.

Other medications may not work well with iron supplements. Make sure you talk to your doctor about other medications you are taking before you start iron supplements.

The doctors at Viva Eve have years of experience in the treatment of both uterine fibroids and adenomyosis with the uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) procedure. We’re committed to providing high-quality, personalized care for each and every patient we see. We will partner with you to determine the best way to treat your problematic fibroids or adenomyosis.

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