ChemistDirect offer advice on how to spot and treat anaemia

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Superintendant Pharmacist Omar El-Gohary at ChemistDirect offers advice on what anaemia is, those susceptible and how to manage it.

Iron Supplements

Iron rich foods & supplements best way to help prevent & treat Anaemia

The most effective way of treating anaemia is to take iron supplements.

Anaemia is a condition where there is a reduction in the red blood cells or concentrations of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen to all the cells in the body. When the red blood cell count or haemoglobin level is too low, the body tissues cannot get enough oxygen to function properly.

There are numerous forms of anaemia and many causes. Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common and occurs when there isn’t enough iron in the body.

The condition can often be spotted by symptoms of feeling tired, feeling cold and noticing the skin becoming paler.

There are various other conditions which can contribute to lack of iron. In men, and in post-menopausal women, the most common cause is bleeding in the stomach and intestines.

Women during their reproductive years can suffer iron deficiency from having heavy periods or during pregnancy.

The most effective way of treating anaemia is to take iron supplements. Iron also provides myoglobin which helps muscle cells store oxygen. Products such as Bioconcepts Iron 25mg Capsules help normalise iron levels in the bloodstream and help your body feel less fatigued.

The right diet can also make an important contribution, especially dark-green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, meat and dried fruit.

Left untreated, anaemia could cause the immune system to become weaker and leave the body more susceptible to illness and infections. Severe iron deficiency could even increase risks to the effect of the heart or lungs therefore El-Gohary advises that if the condition does not improve after a month or two of taking iron supplements, to see a doctor.

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