Herbal Remedies: Iron Overload

Iron overload or know as, hemochromatosis, is a disease in which the body stores so much iron that it begins to, rust, with the iron degrading cell membranes in the liver, prancreas, and the heart. The risk of iron overload disease in the highest  for people who have close family members who has been diagnosed with the disorder. It also can occur in people who have type 2 diabetes or that has had a heart attack, or who have elevated live enzymes not caused by viral hepatitis. Iron overload is a lifetime condition which symptoms usually do not begin to appear until about age 40 years old. Men are much more susceptible to this disease than women are.

Beneficial herbs are Milk Thistle which prevents liver damage, stops iron from promoting atherosclerosis. You can take 10 mg 3 x daily. It should relieve some symptoms within 2 or 3 days of use.

There is a precaution; milk thistle may cause mild diarrhea, if this happens decrease the dose or stop taking it. Always ask your doctor before taking and herbs first.


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