Anemic / Iron supplements

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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,  My 14 year old daughter has crohn's and her bloodwork shows that, among other things, she is anemic again.  Her doctor prescribed iron, 300 mg, 3 times per day.  She is having a terrible time with it causing stomach upset with only taking it once a day, always with food.   No way can she take it before school.  Any suggestions on iron supplements out there that don't cause stomach distress?  I have read that there are liquid iron supplements but I don't know anything about them...Thanks so much for any info!!!

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have been anemic, have lost lots of hair due to low iron levels, and I also have crohn's disease. I'm learning how to combat it all, but this is what I've tried, and I'm no longer anemic.

There is Iron in vegetables. Iron tablets often aren't effective unless they are consumed with Vitamin C so drinking a glass of Orange juice with the tablets help absorbtion.

In general green vegetables contain iron such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, capsicums, there is even Iron in tomatoes,
They MUST be combined with vitamin C- so go for yellow orange colored fruit or vegetables to let that get absorbed into the body.

Try making a cheesy broccoli soup and eating an orange after it. Don't use milk... milk is hard to digest... instead use yogurt.

Also I make my own Fantastic Zucchini soup with Parsley.
1.Slice then Steam 2 Zucchinis (Courgettes UK) (Don't peel them, as the dark green skins contain the vitamins.)
2. Once steamed put them in a blender add 1 serving of smooth yogurt and lots of parsely. (Parsely can be fresh or dried. I use dried parsely.)
3. Add water to desired consistency and return to pan on low heat .. Add salt and pepper
People love this and it is a hit at my house! People think there are potatoes in it but I never add potatoes.

4. Serve that with something Orange or yellow that has vitamin C in it. Or eat Fruit for dessert.

GREEN +ORANGE = Iron absorbtion :) wink

Health Benefits of Zucchini (Courgette)
Contains potassium and sodium, which will aid your body in regulating its levels of fluid. Courgettes also provide calcium, especially useful for children in strengthening their teeth and bones. Iron in courgettes will increase circulation of oxygen around your body, as well as benefiting enzymes that make energy available to you. The high level of vitamin A in courgettes will ensure growth and maintenance of your body's tissue, as well as being essential for your vision.

Post Edited (chicaalbita) : 4/14/2010 6:49:36 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/14/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am anemic for different reasons and the iron makes me terribly sick too. I have to take my iron while at work and I have found that opening the iron capsule and mixing it into cinnamon applesauce works wonders! I can't taste it and my stomach never gets sick or upset...It took me a year and a half to figure this one out!

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 4/14/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Iron pills are evil.  The only one I can tolerate is Proferrin.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Aimee =)
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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been able to tolerate oral iron - I receive iron infusions as needed. It's made a big difference in how I feel and I don't get the stomach upset like the pills have. Will her doctor consider infusions?
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