It is best to obtain nutrients from food, as nature intended, rather than from supplements.
In some cases, where a blood test has confirmed iron deficiency, a dietitian or doctor may recommend iron supplements. Do not take iron supplements without professional advice.
WHY THINK TWICE BEFORE TAKING IRON PILLS?
- Iron pills may reduce absorption of other nutrients.
- Iron pills can cause unpleasant side effects, such as constipation and nausea.
- Taking iron supplements without medical advice may lead to iron overload. Keep out of reach of children.
- A balanced diet of real food is a safe diet, but a pill-centred diet can be risky.
- Iron in meat is far better absorbed than iron in pills.
- Meat enhances iron absorption from other foods.
- Meat is not only rich in iron, but it is also a source of other essential nutrients such as protein, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin D and omega 3.
Look at your diet to ensure you are getting a wide range of foods, to obtain the essential nutrients, before considering supplements.
Seek advice from a dietitian or nutritionist if you need help evaluating your diet.