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23 Feb 2004

blood doner
I'm a blood doner (o negative). Problem with iron deficiency. What can I use / do to increase?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Berna
Good for you - blood donors are among the most selfless people and we should all be grateful to you for your 'gift of life'. If you have an iron deficiency then you should of course not donate blood until your iron levels are back to normal. I trust that you have consulted a medical dr and that he/she has put you on a course of iron-folic acid supplements such as FeroFolic? If not, then do please see a dr about this. Foods that are rich in bioavailable iron are: liver, red meat, poultry, fish, egg yolk, iron-fortified breakfast cereals, dried fruit and legumes (dry beans, peas and lentils). It may take up to 3 months on the supplement to replenish your body iron stores.
Thank you for being a blood donor.
Best regards
DietDoc
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