What happens if you eat too much iron?
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People also ask, how much iron is too much in a day?
At high doses, iron is toxic. For adults and children ages 14 and up, the upper limit -- the highest dose that can be taken safely -- is 45 mg a day. Children under age 14 should not take more than 40 mg a day.
Also, can you eat too much iron? Yes, iron can be harmful if you get too much. In healthy people, taking high doses of iron supplements (especially on an empty stomach) can cause an upset stomach, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and fainting. High doses of iron can also decrease zinc absorption.
In this regard, what are the symptoms of too much iron?
Symptoms, signs and diseases resulting from too much iron (iron overload):
- chronic fatigue.
- joint pain.
- abdominal pain.
- liver disease (cirrhosis, liver cancer)
- diabetes mellitus.
- irregular heart rhythm.
- heart attack or heart failure.
- skin color changes (bronze, ashen-gray green)
What should you eat if you have too much iron?
The hemochromatosis diet aims to help balance iron levels while promoting disease prevention, by preventing too much iron overload in the body. The diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, adequate protein, and a limited amount of animal fats, sugars, and dairy.