Thalassemia Cookbook with foods to help reduce iron/ Foods low in iron

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I came across this, I thought I might share it with everyone. I haven't bought it yet but all 40 reviews got 5 stars, so It sounds like it's a pretty good book. It even let you take a glimpse at a few pages.  I'm going to try it soon for my husband who has Thal major. We just saw his specialist and she suggested an eating plan low in iron as his iron at the moment is very high.  It's difficult because most foods have some kind of iron in we'll see how it goes. I hope this helps everyone. :)

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Offline Andy Battaglia

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Some things to remember when trying to minimize the iron absorbed from food:

There are two types of iron. Heme iron, found in meats, especially red meat and non-heme iron, which is found in plant based foods. Heme iron is very readily absorbed by the gut, so minimizing high iron red meats is advised. Non-heme iron is absorbed at a much lower percentage, and the absorption of non-heme iron can be further reduced by avoiding high vitamin C foods with meals, as C aids in absorption of iron, so use citrus as a snack away from meals containing iron. Milk based foods and tea help to inhibit the absorption of non-heme iron, so should be taken with meals. Tea is also a weak iron chelator, so it can help in lowering iron stores. The supplements green tea extract and IP6 are also mild iron chelators, although since these natural chelators can reach areas of the body like the brain that chelation drugs are not as effective in reaching, it raises the value of these natural chelators. The value of a low iron diet can be enhanced by these methods.

All we are saying is give thals a chance.


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