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   Posted 12/3/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
After reading a lot here I have decided to start taking some supplements and had a couple questions. I want to start taking vitamin c b12 and iron. I went to the local vitamin shopee and got them all. I did not notice till I got home but the iron is Chelated Iron. Is there a difference?
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   Posted 12/3/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
CHELATED IRON - Cures and prevents iron deficiencies in the soil according to google.

First you must find out what deficientcies you have or taking what you don't need will be a waste...many CDers are lacking in B12, but all vitamin levels should be checked so your doc can tell you how many mcg's of each type of vitamin you need, B12 for example comes in many strengths, my GP has me taking 1200mcg...get your doc to put you on track with which ones (if any) you're deficient in and how much YOU need because depending on how deficient you are will depend on the level you should be taking.

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   Posted 12/4/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jason I have taken an interest in Vitamins and minerals too .I am not sure what the difference is I take ferrous fumarate iron in my multi vitamin you might want to look it up if someone else doesn't come along with some info .I have been put on calcium and vit D now because of my long term use of pred. been on it since Jan. now at 20 mgs. I will be getting schduled for a bone density test soon am waiting for a call to see when. I see you are on pred. too so wondering how long you have been on it. lol gail

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   Posted 12/4/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
PS. I am on 1500 calcium a day and 800 vit. D in case you are wondering about that and I agree with B-12 supplements that's for sure. A drugist might also be able to answer some questions on that kind of iron. lol gail

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   Posted 12/4/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I am by no means an expert, but here's what little I understand about chelation as it pertains to supplements. Chelation means something has been added to the supplement to chemically bind it and make it more recognizable and therefore available as a nutrient to our bodies.

Iron (as ferrous sulfate anyway) is usually one of the less expensive supplements on the shelf. I'm guessing chelated iron is a bit more expensive and possibly better absorbed, but I don't know this to be a fact. Iron comes in many different forms and it all quickly becomes confusing. Bottom line: A Hematologist at our hospital told me there is soooo much doctors and scientists do not understand about how our bodies uptake and utilize iron that even they frequently try different forms to see what works for different people.

Another thing to consider, iron is a free radical (bad for you) if you don't need it. Obviously, most CD folks are deficient, but be sure before you add it. I remember my grandmother swearing by her Geritol (lots of iron in that supplement!). Nowadays doctors don't even recommend women take iron after menopause at all. Come to think of's been years since I saw a Geritol it still around?

For the record, my son has done really well on SloFE. It's available at most drug stores. There may well be something better out there, but this has worked for us! Good luck!

Grateful for everyone's help here!

Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium and a good multivitamin.

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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