I don't share your problem, but this is generally one of those things where omnis start making noise about how you need red meat. The Vegetarian Resource Group has a nice summary of information on Iron http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm. If your doctor didn't prescribe (sp?) iron supplements, you might see if your multivitamin includes iron or not - or look for one that does.
I was anemic last year after I had an appendectomy and subsequent massive abdominal infection which caused my body to stop producing red blood cells because it was trying to die.
I just took a normal multivitamin every day and the problem resolved itself. That is the only time in 12 years of vegetarianism that I've been anemic, and my vitamin use has always been sporadic at best. I do eat a varied diet including lots of oatmeal and many green vegetables.
I used to have low hemoglobin and hematocrit, but I raised them to normal by drinking wheatgrass juice, green juices, and eating lots of sprouts and green leafy vegetables. I also raised my iron by eleven points in a matter of a few months.
i think i've always been somewhat anemic, with intolerence to cold. but since going vegan it has become unbearable. well, it is bearable since i take the precautions. on a typical day i wear five layers of shirts, plus my scarf, i can't wait for spring!!
Theatregirl: did you check for your ferritin count? It's important. Though epski is right about a high frequency among woman, who suffer from low iron, treating a low serum iron count instead of iron deficiency, may promote free radicals.
Today I saw a 45y old woman of Spanish decent, who smokes and has been treated with iron since her 17th birthday. Smoking and iron substitution promote the development of free radicals. And this may have accelerated the pace in which she developed osteoarthritis of small joints.
Lothar, smoking also decreases Vit. C. How come it's so abscent in the literature and seemingly in practice? I read three articles in the past couple of days and gave a presentation on iron deficiency in infants today and C is rarely noted.
Yes, gaya, smoking decreases Vitamin C as it uses up antioxydant capacity (I think superoxyddismutasis, Ggutathionperoxydasis are part of the system that regulates antioxydation). So smoking and iron promote the same action: damage through free radicals. In rheumatology we encounter both the problem of people needing iron, because they lost it while bleeding from ulecera, and people people being treted needlessly. Interesting is the activation of the NF-κB-signal-pathway.
That's why I stress that theatergirl gets her ferritin count.
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