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Posted by: Anemic | 2010/10/12

Iron and vit.C

Hi, Doc

I read that vit.C enhances iron absorbtion and my doctor has prescribed iron supplements.

Obviously I must try to increase my iron &  vit.C intake via food, but do you maybe know if vit.C is better absorbed from food? Or from vit.C supplements?

Many thanks

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Dear Anemic
Vitamin C does indeed enhance the absorption of iron from foods, which is why it is recommended that patients with iron deficiency should have a serving of vitamin C-rich foods together with foods that contain iron, for example have a glass of orange juice or half a grapefruit (which are rich in vit C) with your iron-enriched breakfast cereal. Foods that are rich in iron include: liver, red meat, fish, poultry, eggs, iron-enriched breakfast cereals, maize meal, wheat flour and bread, as well as dried fruit like raisins. Foods rich in vit C are all citrus fruits, guavas, pawpaw, spanspek, all berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc), cabbage, broccoli, spinach, etc. In general, nutrients from actual foods are better absorbed than from supplements.
I hope your anaemia will soon be a thing of the past.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/10/12

Dear Anemic
Vitamin C does indeed enhance the absorption of iron from foods, which is why it is recommended that patients with iron deficiency should have a serving of vitamin C-rich foods together with foods that contain iron, for example have a glass of orange juice or half a grapefruit (which are rich in vit C) with your iron-enriched breakfast cereal. Foods that are rich in iron include: liver, red meat, fish, poultry, eggs, iron-enriched breakfast cereals, maize meal, wheat flour and bread, as well as dried fruit like raisins. Foods rich in vit C are all citrus fruits, guavas, pawpaw, spanspek, all berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc), cabbage, broccoli, spinach, etc. In general, nutrients from actual foods are better absorbed than from supplements.
I hope your anaemia will soon be a thing of the past.
Best regards
DietDoc

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