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I have been given iron supplements for anaemia but they are making me constipated. Any suggestions ?

The minerals contained in food supplements are bound with various other substances, and some forms are better absorbed than others. Ferrous sulphate, inorganic iron, appears in many multi-mineral or straight iron supplements because it is inexpensive, but it is not well tolerated by many and can cause constipation. One of the most assimilable forms of iron is that amino acid chelate form. It is well absorbed, without any gastrointestinal irritation or constipating effects. Look out for iron supplements with titles such as 'gentle' or 'organic' iron, and the label will usually tell you it is also 'non-constipating'. Also good are those called 'true food' iron.

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