Iron pills are usually recommended to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia, as iron is important for the proper production of red blood cells. Many different conditions can place the body at risk of iron deficiency anemia; it can be pregnancy, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive bleeding, and many other health defects.
Iron supplements come in different forms: capsules, tablets, chewable tablets, and liquids. The number of pills to be taken daily needs to be determined by your physician, as excess intake can disrupt your health.
What is the most effective way to take the iron supplement or pill?
It is usually recommended that you take iron pills on an empty stomach, and for best absorption, it is better paired with Vitamin C; you can take your pills with any fruit juice that contains Vitamin C.
Although best taken on an empty stomach, there’s an exception for some people; taking this supplement on an empty stomach may cause stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea, so it’s best advisable for them to take it with a small amount of food.
Some foods shouldn’t be taken alongside this supplement or immediately after. Examples of foods in this category are: high fiber foods, foods or drinks with caffeine, milk, calcium, and antacids.
You should rather take them at least two hours after taking the supplement.
There are side effects that come with taking this supplement, and two recurring ones are constipation and diarrhea.
To avoid this, you can decide to take your iron pills over several doses throughout the day, rather than taking a large dose all at once.
Also, avoid taking drugs until two hours after taking the supplement. This is because the iron tablets may cause them not to work as they ought to.
In conclusion, the two forms of iron supplements should be taken into consideration—the ferrous and ferric.
Ferrous is best absorbed and it includes: ferrous sulfate, ferrous fumarate, and ferrous gluconate.