We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Iron Supplements

Virginia
Level Contributor
160 posts
157 reviews
Save Topic
Iron Supplements

Someone suggested that I consider taking iron supplements before Kilimanjaro since low iron means low hemoglobin. Has anyone done this?

NYC
Level Contributor
637 posts
53 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Iron Supplements

That would not be a good idea. Just because you take more iron doesn't mean your body will automatically start producing more hemoglobin. If you are already iron deficient, suffering from a diagnosed anemia, then it would obviously help. Females tend to have lower levels of iron then men ..... but men should not take iron supplements without doctor supervision, as it can cause issues at higher levels.

Bristol
Level Contributor
2,679 posts
72 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Iron Supplements

If you have a good diet and show no signs of anaemia then I can't think this is necessary. I am against taking extra medicines unless prescribed by your doctor. Iron supplements are not without side effects, including irritating the stomach (not something you want when climbing kili). You can always just increase your intake of iron rich foods if you want.

Edited: 28 May 2013, 09:52
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
2,264 posts
201 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Iron Supplements

As above, taking iron does not build hemoglobin unless anemic. It has quite a bit of side effects and overdose can cause liver damage. Get a simple blood test and then decide. Please ask a doctor rather than an idiot friend trying to hurt you....

Virginia
Level Contributor
160 posts
157 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Iron Supplements

Okay, thanks! I appreciate your opinions. You've convinced me that it's not a good idea (which is what I thought when my friend mentioned it).

5. Re: Iron Supplements

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 30 May 2014, 06:17
Get answers to your questions about Kilimanjaro National...