The truth about iron supplementation

Patient: Doctor, I have been anemia for many years, and it has not been cured!

Doctor: How did you treat it?

Patient: I eat red dates, peanuts, and sesame every day

Patient: Doctor, my child was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia. It cost tens of thousands of yuan, and it has not been cured!

Doctor: What kind of medicine are you taking?

Patient: I have bought Ejiao for more than 10,000 yuan this year, but the anemia is still not getting better.

Doctor: Have you ever taken iron supplements?

Patient: No, I think Ejiao is definitely better than medicine.

What is iron deficiency anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia refers to the lack of hematopoietic raw material iron in the body, so that the content of hemoglobin in red blood cells is significantly reduced, and the number of red blood cells is reduced, leading to anemia. It is the most common type of anemia. Women and children of childbearing age. Due to the reduction of hemoglobin, the oxygen supply to the cells and tissues in the human body will be insufficient, causing discomfort such as dizziness, fatigue, palpitation, and shortness of breath.

Can the red dates and donkey-hide gelatin in the mouth of ordinary people really treat iron deficiency anemia?

The first thing we need to understand is that iron in food can be divided into animal-derived and plant-derived iron.

Among them, animal-derived foods are not only rich in iron, but also the absorption and utilization of iron is much higher than the latter.

Common food iron content table (mg/100g)

(Source: Yang Yuexin “Chinese Food” Ingredient List “Sixth Edition)

Ejiao is made by boiling and concentrating donkey skins. The iron content in it is really poor, only 0.1-0.4 mg of iron per 100 grams, which is close to that of pork. one tenth.

From the above data, we can easily see that the iron content in animal-derived food is rich, and the second thing we should pay attention to is the absorption rate. Animal-derived iron belongs to heme iron, and the absorption rate of human body is relatively high (up to 15~25%). The iron in plant foods is non-heme iron, and its absorption rate is lower than that of meat, but plant foods account for the vast majority of our daily diet, thus further reducing the intake of heme iron.

The real benefits of iron supplementation are animal foods. Such as pig liver, duck liver, pig blood, duck blood, chicken blood, beef (loin) and so on. However, if iron-deficiency anemia has been clinically diagnosed and the ferritin is low, it is recommended to take active oral iron treatment, and at the same time cooperate with effective dietary supplements to help correct anemia.


There are many types of anemia, the above is only for iron deficiency anemia treatment, other types of anemia need to be analyzed according to the specific condition, please treat under the guidance of a hematologist.

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