more iron info than you can shake a stick at aka the coca cola wars
To remain unnamed [Lulu Malone!] was advising me to take iron tablets with milk and chocolate and she shops at whole food stores which should generally indicate some knowledge of nutrition except not this time [sheesh] here is —
more iron info than you can shake a stick at
Iron is absorbed by receptacles in the body that do double duty absorbing a whole lot of other things as well. And, any time you take iron in combo with any of these other things, the other things get first dibs and iron gets shunted. [That is because iron is harder to absorb than most other things being, well, iron.] That means, you can take iron till you are blue and not get any iron into your system at all if you are doing it wrong.
Iron blockers include components in carbonated beverages [sodas are out], caffiene [tea and coffee are out and so is chocolate], components in cigarettes [smokes are out], alcohol [booze is out], ibuprofen [pain relievers are out — gee guess when you need the most iron AND pain relief?], all the mineral and metal supplements like calcium [milk is out cottage cheese is out yogurt is out regular cheese is out and so is any juice with calcium additives], magnesium, copper, zinc, etc. etc., and some other forms of iron. Like the iron in spinach. It blocks other iron. So. Eat spinach, which gives you a minuscule amount of iron, and a steak which gives you more? You get the spinach iron, but it blocks all other iron so you lose the steak iron. [Do not ask me why, iron is just really really weird that way.]
Meanwhile, the body cannot metabolize iron without vitamin C and folic acid. So again you can be stuffing iron like a ninja but, if you do not have folic acid and vitamin C in your system? Choke down all the iron you want, but no iron for you.
That is why I was crying the other day about having to take iron but wanting a Coca Cola. Iron is a bitch to metabolize. Moreso for me because I got some sort of delicate flower gene that quails under iron metabolize this duress. I still smoke the cigs, [no way in hell am I going five hours without a cig every time I have to take the damn iron a cig is one small blocker I can live with that — let us hope], but if I don’t take the iron clean with no other blockers? I might just as well not take it because I will get iron sick with no iron benefit oh irony [I so did not say that].
And I have to take the damn iron.
And clean means skipping chocolate and milk Miz Malone.
This has been a public service message from —
Your Friendly Neighborhood Adams Girl
ps : one of the best iron supplements out there is floradix iron & herbs it contains iron and vit c and folic acid so you get the supplements to metabolize the iron with the iron — also it is liquid and hella easier to stomach than iron pills