Iron supplements can cause side effects
The following article is an edited version of a story originally published on News.co.nz.
Iron supplements can lead to side effects, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
The health body has found that the main side effects of the popular iron supplement include a feeling of low energy, muscle fatigue, and a slight rise in body temperature.
Iron is used to treat a range of conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
A recent study from France found that people taking an iron supplement for more than six months were more likely to experience symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache, depression, and muscle weakness than those taking a placebo.
It’s also believed that taking an Iron supplement can trigger a range in blood levels of a protein called erythropoietin.
While iron is a very important nutrient, the WHO says that it should only be taken by healthy adults.
“The main risk of iron toxicity, especially if it’s taken by people over the age of 55, is that it can increase the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease,” Dr Pauline Ahearn, the Director of the International Centre for the Study of Iron at Imperial College London told the ABC.
However, Dr Ahealns study found that only about one in five people who took an Iron Supplement for more, or more than one year, experienced symptoms of heart problems or other problems related to iron deficiency.
Dr Aheelns research also found that while the majority of people who take iron supplements are over the Age of 55 and in good health, the risk for developing heart disease or other cardiovascular problems was highest in people aged between 50 and 65.
If you or someone you know is having side effects from taking an Antibiotics, Anti-Gut Inflammatories, or Anti-Inflammatory Supplements please talk to your doctor.
You can also visit the Queensland Government’s website to get advice and support about how to manage iron deficiency and its associated health risks.
More:The Queensland Government is also recommending that people aged 55 and over not take an Iron Product containing iron for longer than three months.