Iron is a mineral needed by the body for transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide from the lungs to the different parts of the body via blood. It’s deficiency leads to anemia which comes in a package along with fatigue and loss of energy.
A little work detail of iron will help understand that importance of this mineral in the body. The iron present in the blood transports the oxygen from the lungs to the cells and brings back the carbon dioxide from the cells to the lungs for exhaling out. Iron is found in the hemoglobin of red blood cells and also in the myoglobin of muscle cells.
Doctors prescribe Iron supplements to people with low hemoglobin count in blood. These supplements increase the hemoglobin count.
However iron intake has its own side effects. It causes stomach ailments like:
■ Constipation: Iron supplements can cause black and hardened stools. Water and fiber intake should be sufficient in such cases and some regular activity will also help.
■ Nausea and vomiting : It is a very common symptom. Almost all pregnant women are on iron supplements. Morning sickness in pregnant women aggravates due to these supplements. Therefore such women should adjust the timing of the supplements in consultation with their doctors. Taking supplements with food seems to help. But avoid taking it with foods such as dairy products, coffee, tea, or cereals which can hinder its absorption.
Liquid iron supplements may blacken teeth.
If one is already suffering from stomach ailments, stomach ulcers, Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis or any hemoglobin related diseases, iron intake can aggravate the situation. High doses of iron are also unsafe for children. Therefore, self prescription of iron supplements can be very dangerous.
Our suggestions is to play it safe with such supplements. To be safe, you need to contact a health professional always.