Iron Supplements: 5 Things You Should Do

When it comes to taking an iron supplement there are a few things that you should consider, like knowing the differences between the available products, avoiding iron absorption inhibitors, and so forth. So, without further ado, let’s get to the 5 Dos that you can follow to help you get the most out of your iron supplement and help you stay on track.


When it comes to iron supplements…

DO: Understand the Different Classes of Iron

Needs vary from person to person, but it’s important to know that not all supplements are the same. Learning what’s out there and understanding the differences between products is important in order for you get the right iron supplement to suit your needs. Read Supplementation for Adults or Available Iron Supplements for Your Kids to learn more about the available irons and brands.

DO: Talk to Your Doctor or Pharmacist

Please don’t self-diagnose or treat when it comes to any health issue, including iron deficiency. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist about the different options available and learn about choosing the right iron supplement for your specific needs.

DO: Take Your Supplement with Water

Taking your supplement with water instead of coffee, cola, or other possible iron absorption inhibitors can help you get the most from your supplement and keep side effects at bay.

DO: Take Your Supplement 2 Hours Before or After a Meal

Again, you want to avoid anything that can interfere with iron absorption, so taking your supplement a couple of hours before and after meals lets you get the most from it. Please note that some iron supplements can be taken with or without food – check here.

DO: Enhance Your Iron Absorption

Unfortunately, your body doesn’t absorb all of the iron you are consuming, but there are ways to optimize your efforts when  it comes to eating iron-rich foods and also taking an iron supplement. Check out my tips on Ways to Enhance Your Iron Absorption.

Content and advice provided on The Iron Maiden is for information purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for a licensed health care provider, who is knowledgeable about an individual’s unique health care needs

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