Iron overdose - symptoms and consequences
Iron deficiency in the daily diet is associated with the occurrence of a series of undesirable consequences for the proper functioning of the body. Is overload the same risk? By what symptoms can we recognize a case of iron overdose and how should it be managed?
What could be the cause of an iron overdose?
Many cases of excess iron in the body may be the result of an inborn mutation in the HFE gene that causes hemochromatosis. The original form of this disease leads to poor control of the absorption of the bias component from food. The lack of proper regulation of this process respectively leads to a marked increase in the level of iron in the liver. It is accepted that the occurrence of hemochromatosis can lead to 100% iron absorption from food - while in healthy people only 1% is absorbed and used.
Hemochromatosis can have a secondary character, which is caused by an excessive release of iron ions present as part of red blood cells (erythrocytes) and building cells of the liver. At this time, the element may accumulate in certain glands (including the pancreas, thyroid, and adrenal glands), the heart, lungs, kidneys, or even bone marrow.
Other than that, it should be noted that improper use of dietary supplements can lead to an iron overdose. For this purpose, it is better to turn to proven products that contain a strictly defined portion of the active ingredient that is indispensable for daily requirements. The best in a well-absorbed form, such as Albion Pyrophosphate and Chelated Amino Acids, found in the Chela-Ferr® Easy supplement. It is produced in an exceptional form of stick-type
sachets, which contain a quick-dissolving powder with a raspberry flavour. The product is also fortified with Vitamin C, which aids in iron absorption. The product has been prepared in the pharmaceutical company Olimp Laboratories while maintaining the necessary safety standards.
What are the symptoms of an iron overdose?
Hemochromatosis can develop for years, and the first symptoms of an iron overdose can appear relatively late. People with an excess of the diet component may complain of persistent tiredness, drowsiness, a constant need for sleep, high body temperature, frequent fever, a decrease in the condition of the skin, hair and nails, or digestive disorders (eg stomach pain, nausea and vomiting). In the case of women, menstrual cycle abnormalities often appear, while men may complain of erection problems.
How to reduce the consequences of iron overload?
The best and most effective way to manage the consequences of an iron overdose is to modify the daily diet. Basically it is necessary to limit the consumption of products with a high content of iron, such as red meat, eggs, types of red beans, dried fruits, as well as liver and offal. However, it must be remembered that with a very large excess of the element, dietary changes will prove insufficient and in this case it is absolutely necessary to consult a doctor.