It turns out that preparations that contain iron are better absorbed when taken in conjunction with vitamin C.
Who most often suffers from anemia
Most cases of iron deficiency anemia are diagnosed in adult women, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, people with weakened immune systems, and those who have recently had major surgery or have lost a lot of blood.
Often doctors say that the reason for poor absorption of iron is diseases of the small intestine and the immunity of vitamin B12, without which the absorption of iron by the body is impossible. However, the presence or lack of vitamin C can also affect the level of hemoglobin in the blood.
In any pharmacy, you will be offered dozens of different drugs that will help raise your hemoglobin level. They differ in price and composition, but they have a common property: they begin to act after about 7-10 days after the start of admission. However, you can shorten this period and quickly notice positive changes in the body – for this you need to take vitamin C, according to a certain scheme.
In addition to medication, eating the right foods that are high in iron can help fight anemia.
Why you need to drink iron paired with vitamin C
Once in the body, iron can be “lost” if it does not combine with ascorbic acid. Therefore, doctors recommend combining the intake of iron and vitamin C.
So, tablets are best taken with an acidified liquid (for example, water with the addition of lemon juice). You can replace the water with a glass of diluted citrus juice – orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. In such a company, iron will be properly absorbed much faster and will begin to “work”.
How to drink iron properly
It is best to take an iron supplement before a full meal. It is not recommended to take it with tea or coffee, as the tannins and caffeine in them can negatively affect the absorption of iron.
Bad companion for iron and calcium. As scientists have established during experiments, this trace element interferes with the normal absorption of iron. This means that it will not be possible to increase hemoglobin even after three months of constant use of drugs.