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RE: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Update and question - Cher & Debra.

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  • claudine intexas
    The reason we are all told to avoid iron is because iron (excess iron) is stored in the liver, and these iron stores are very hard on the liver. In fact, too
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      The reason we are all told to avoid iron is because iron (excess
      iron) is stored in the liver, and these iron stores are very hard on
      the liver. In fact, too much iron stored in the liver can cause
      hepatitis by itself, even in someone who doesn't have HCV or another
      form of hepatitis. This does not mean that you should avoid all iron
      though. Your body still needs iron, you just are shooting for a
      balance of taking in what your body needs without building up an
      excess of iron in your liver. It is only recommened that you avoid
      ARTIFICAL supplements of iron, not iron containing foods. The iron in
      foods in not usually very easily assimilated by the body, although if
      you take vitamin C with a meal it does help the body to absorb the
      iron. So - if you DON'T need iron, don't take vitamin C with a meal!
      On the other hand, calcium taken with a meal will help prevent
      absorption. Most women who no longer menstruate will not need iron
      supplements anyway, but because of the blood lost with each menstrual
      period, many younger women might still get a little anemic and need
      some iron. There is no such thing as one hard and fast rule for
      everybody. As long as there are no iron stores in the liver itself
      than eating some iron rich food is ok. And yes, in someone who is
      really anemeic it's possible that you might even need iron
      supplements, although being a little on the anemic side is probably
      not going to hurt you either. Being too anemic though is NOT good,
      especially if you will be doing treatment with ribavirin. I think you
      just have to look at the overall picture - iron levels, hemoglobin,
      hematocrit, etc. And yes, it is ok to take B12 supplements.
      Take care,
      Claudine



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