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 Post subject: Floradix? Iron supplement?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:08 am 
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I was advised by my doc to take an extra dose of iron each day on top of my prenatal vitamins (which also contain iron) due to anemia. I have started to take it, but for the first time in my life I'm experiencing (sorry tmi) constipation! This is a miserable affliction that I have NEVER experienced before. Now I have to take an additional supplement to, ahem, help things along and it makes me feel like I always have a stomachache. I was fine before taking the additional iron!

I have been reading about Floradix and it appears to be more "bio available" than most iron supplements, AND it supposedly gentler on the stomach--but dear god it is expensive! My dh says it is important and to just get it, but I'm wondering if there is anything else out there that might be more gentle on my stomach and inexpensive? Is Floradix really worth it?

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I take Floradix as it is the only one I've found that doesn't upset my stomach.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:29 am 
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i also take floradix. it calls for two servings a day, but i took one serving every other day and my iron levels improved quite enough (and it lasted longer).

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Probiotics are great for you and can help with the constipation. so can magnesium oxide but talk to your practitioner before taking that one. I never took it while pregnant. It works as a great stool softener after baby.

My accupuncturist would tell you to eat more cooked food than raw (digests easier and moves through faster) and too eat dark green and dark red things. Dark leafy greens, beets, kidney beans. Also oatmeal, cream of wheat and dried fruit. I had lost a bit of blood when I had zelda and these things all helped rebuild my blood and help my milk supply.

oh! and cooked eggplant.


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 Post subject: Re: Floradix? Iron supplement?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:45 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions!

It sounds as if Floradix is my best alternative. I think I will only take it once a day rather than two times...

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my doctor told me to take slowfe, & i didn't have any problems with it. i guess the idea is that it slow releases the iron over the day so you don't get it all at once & get constipated. i don't have any idea about floradix though!


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Floradix is worth every penny, in my book. I agree with taking a single dose a day, and seeing how that goes. I don't think I ever needed to take more than one dose a day (on top of a prenatal with iron) when I was pregnant.

Beets and melon (not together) work wonders for constipation.

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Oh yeah, you might already know but it's worth mentioning, calcium inhibits iron absorption (vitamin c promotes it!). so try keep a few hours betwixt when you take your iron supplement of choice and consuming anything with bunches of calcium.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:12 am 
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eah, what bobbybrown said. my iron was getting low during pregnancy, and when i started making sure i wasn't drink soymilk when i took my multi and slowfe supplement, and started taking it mid morning with a piece of fruit, my iron started going back up. i wanted to take floradix, my midwife recommended it, but i couldn't afford it.


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 Post subject: Re: Floradix? Iron supplement?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:58 pm 
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this is an old thread but I'm replying anyway to say that I love Floradix--it worked amazingly well for me after I was hemorrhaging during my last pregnancy

but also to point out that you can give Floradix to kids, too, if they need it
My twins were premature (see above) and when they were around 10? months old they were fairly anemic...they were hardly eating any solid food, just nursing, and because of the prematurity they didn't have adequate iron stores. So I started giving them a small dose of Floradix, and the pediatrician was absolutely stunned by how quickly their hemoglobins went up to normal. I read a lot about it first, and had known other people who gave it to kids this young, so I felt comfortable that it was safe. Thought I'd share in case it helps somebody else.


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spa tone is a great iron supplement and really easy to take too :)


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