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Old 12-01-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Iron for young man?

My current multi-vitamin has Iron in it (100% of the daily reccomendation). I'm a 34 year old male in reasonably good health. Do I need Iron in my vitamin?

 
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:11 AM   #2
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Re: Iron for young man?

No. Most adult men do not need added iron.

 
Old 12-02-2006, 03:01 PM   #3
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No. Most adult men do not need added iron.
Is this harmful? I like the multi I've been taking and I'm hesitant to change.

 
Old 12-03-2006, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: Iron for young man?

I agree with Texanne that iron is bad for men. It builds up in the blood stream and heart and oxidizes these. You cannot rid your body of iron and so the only way to remove excess is by giving blood or bleeding. Infact it cannot be sweated or urinated out like other minerals so do not take any supplement with iron unless your anemic......
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:29 AM   #5
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Re: Iron for young man?

You can probably find a "senior formula" or a "men's formula" of the very vitamin that you are taking. My husband and two sons have a heritable blood condition called "hemachromatosis". It is actually fairly common. They don't metabolize iron like they should, therefore it builds up in the organs, joints etc... potentially causing arthritis, cancer, mood irregularities, etc... My poor husband was popping a multi-everyday! He had to give a pint of blood per week for a year to bring his iron level down to anemic. If you start reading labels, there is iron added to almost every processed grain product. Women, of course, lose blood every month through menstruation, and so iron need to be replaced in menstruating women.

 
Old 12-07-2006, 06:28 AM   #6
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Re: Iron for young man?

I'm taking Centrum Performance. There is no comparable vitamin I've seen yet that doesn't have Iron in at least 50% daily rec allowance. Most have 100% I like the vitamin otherwise.

 
Old 12-07-2006, 03:41 PM   #7
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Again you can take Nature's Way ''Alive'' iron free as i do. The amounts of vitamins, minerals, mushrooms, vegetable and fruit powders. enzymes and probiotics are very good and you can get this at the vitamin section at the grocery store as i do or on line......
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:39 PM   #8
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Re: Iron for young man?

I spent a month entering various manufacturer's vitamin
data in a spreadsheet to analyze what the market offers.
I didn't like what I've seen as far as vitamin design goes.
I was shocked that I couldn't find a well balanced
'conservative' vitamin and one without all the extra 'filler'
ingredents. I chose the lesser of the evils, a Bluebonnet
Maxi-Two, but only take 1 pill daily, not 2 pills.

***************************************
1 pill yields a conservative level of vitamin,
but you can take two pills once in a while
and still be on the safe side.

One pill dose;
Biotin - 150 mcg
Calcium (calcium citrate) - 100 mg
Chromium (amino acid chelate) - 75 mcg
Copper (amino acid chelate) - 1 mg
Iodine (potassium iodide) - 75 mcg
Iron (amino acid chelate) - 5 mg
Magnesium (magnesium aspartate) - 50 mg
Manganese (amino acid chelate) - 2.5 mg
Molynbdenum (amino acid chelate) - 75 mcg
Potassium ( potassium apartate) - 25 mg
Selenium (amino acid complex) - 25 mg
Vitamin A (Beta carotene 5000 IU, Palmitate 2500 IU) - 7500 IU
Vitamin B-1 (as thiamine HCL) - 25 mg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) - 50 mcg
Vitamin B-2 Riboflavin - 25 mg
Vitamin B-3 Niacinamide - 25 mg
Vitamin B-5 Pantothenic acid (calcium pantothenate) - 25 mg
Vitamin B-6 - 25 mg
Vitamin B-9 Folate (Folic Acid) - 200 mcg
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - 250 mg
Vitamin D (chlecalciferol) - 200 IU
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) - 200 IU
Zinc (amino acid chelate) - 7.5 mg
Bioflavanoids (citrus) - 25 mg
Betaine HCI - 25 mg
Choline (bitartrate) - 25 mg
Inositol - 25 mg
Rutin - 7.5 mg
PABA (para aminobenzoic acid) - 5 mg
Boron (amino acid complex) - 1 mg
Lutein (marigolds) - 250 mcg

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This simple vitamin forms the basic foundation as I can add
more 'stuff' as a seperate supplement as needed.

I also add;
* B-50 complex because I want extra B vitamin.

* Magnesium orotate. I'm sensitive to magnesium and this one works best for me. Other types cause gastro discomfort.

* ALA, ALC, CoQ10

* Fish oil

* etc.

It's just easier for me and maybe cheaper to control the
intake of each supplement depending on how you feel vs.
taking a 'super vitamin' that has all of it and the dose
can't be changed for each ingredient.

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Old 12-08-2006, 06:30 AM   #9
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Re: Iron for young man?

Thylantr,
The 5 mg of Iron isn't too much? The only other "conservative amount" I've seen aside from the 18mg in some (and what I was taking) is 9mg.

 
Old 12-08-2006, 10:12 AM   #10
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I follow the Linus Pauling Institute micronutrient guide, you can go there and read their babble.

RDA for men is 8 mg daily of iron.

Eating a 6 oz piece of beef gives you about 5 mg.

Eating a 6 oz piece of dark meat chicken gives you about 5 mg.

Eating six medium oysters gives you 5 mg.

You can get your iron by eating food, analyze what
you eat before chosing whether or not to consume
an iron supplement.

When I chose the 'lesser of the evils' multivitamin,
the 5 mg of Iron found in the Bluebonnet brand
was pretty low compared to the other brands in my
database and alot of the other brands gives you
an overdose of Vitamin A retinol which is really bad,
plus if I found another vitamin with no iron, some other
ingredient prevents the purchase.

Like I said, I'm surprised at the vitamin market for
not making a better vitamin with a better mix of
ingredients. To me, this would be very easy to make,
I'm confused why they don't ? They seem to give you too much of one
thing and not enough of another, etc.

It might be a good idea to get blood work done a few times a year
just to check your health status and you can adjust your dietary
supplements accordingly.

// P.S. The Bluebonnet Maxi Two comes in two version, one with iron, one without iron. //

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Old 12-22-2006, 03:23 PM   #11
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Re: Iron for young man?

Texanne,
When you husband had to give blood every week, was the blood able to be donated? Or did he have to pay to have it done each time? I was curious, because I had a borderline high ferritin level before.

 
Old 12-24-2006, 08:11 AM   #12
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Re: Iron for young man?

No, he had it done at a cancer treatment center actually. -And they said it couldn't be donated. I have some thoughts on that - I mean, most people don't even know they have it - so it is definitely in the blood supply.

He had to pay a copay.

Texanne

 
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