Iron is essential to human function and is used to transport oxygen throughout the body, which is then used to create energy. If the human body doesn’t have enough iron, it can interfere with our day-to-day lives and lead to anemia.
What to Look for with Iron Deficiency
When the body doesn’t have enough iron, the human body can not produce enough energy, which results in the following symptoms:
- Decreased work capacity
- Hair loss
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
- Brittle nails
- Craving ice or clay
What Kind of Iron Supplement Do I Need?
Iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach, but can sometimes cause an upset stomach. In that case, it is okay to take iron supplements with a meal or light snack. Iron should never be taken with calcium supplements. Calcium and iron compete for absorption, which can lead to calcium and iron deficiencies.
Recommended daily dosage by ASMBS for bariatric patients
Males or non-anemic patients: 18 mg/day
Anemic or menstruating patients: 45 - 60 mg/day
10 Best Food Sources of Iron
- Red Meat
- Dried Fruit
- Whole Wheat Bread