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​Ignorance is definitely not bliss – especially when it comes to your health and your family’s health. Not to freak you out, but we can’t be immune to almost every illness, and this includes Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA).

I recently read a study that reveals that iron deficiency is the number one cause of anemia in the world and one-to-two South African women aged between 16-35 are iron deficient. This might just sound like a far-fetched statistic, however it is a huge deal. Why? Out of all these women, almost half of them may not even be aware of it.

IDA might be an overlooked condition, it is important to know how to identify it, and to know how you could treat it.


Dr. Jon Patricios, a specialist in sports medicine and Clinical Director of Morningside Sports Medicine says “It’s vital to watch for signs.”

IDA not only affects women. It also affects babies during pregnancy – before and after birth – and children too. The effects can lead to having serious delayed physical, mental and social development in children, ill health, and lethargy in adults.

What causes IDA:

When the iron stores in the body become depleted, anemia soon follows. Anemia can also be caused by iron loss through internal bleeding, from parasites such as hookworms, ulcers, or infections such as TB and malaria.

Dr. Jon Patricios elaborates: “The most common cause is inadequate amounts of the mineral iron, and this is called iron-deficiency anemia. It occurs because iron is required to make a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is responsible for oxygen transport around the body. Inefficient oxygen delivery results in the symptoms and signs associated with anemia.”

Certain foods or beverages that can aggravate the absorption of iron include dairy products, tea, coffee or wine, or even medications such as antacids.

“Addressing the underlying cause may include an oral contraceptive pill to lighten menstrual flow, medications to heal peptic ulcers associated with micro-bleeds, or surgery to remove bleeding polyps, fibroids or tumors,” Dr. Patricios says.

Dr. Patricios also suggests that heavy periods or gastric bleeding can also cause IDA. Also, if your level of red blood cells is lower than normal then you might be anemic.

How to treat IDA

The only clinically proven product on the market that has thousands of testimonies that concur with doctors’ prescription is Ferrimed®. Many who suffer from IDA have been prescribed this product.

There are many ways that are said to remedy iron deficiency, however the most accurate route that our experts advise are to eat red iron-rich food such as beef and liver, which are red meats rich in iron.

You could also get iron from vegetables as well. Substitute cereals and bread with beans, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables.

You may also benefit from iron supplements that are enriched with all the nutrients your body needs to fight against IDA. The usual prescribed dosage of oral iron to help treat IDA in adults is 100 to 200mg of elemental iron daily.

Ferrimed® contains 50 mg of elemental iron per capsule to correct iron levels when taken as directed. The prophylactic dosage is a capsule per day, while the therapeutic dosage is two, or as recommended by a doctor. Ferrimed® is also available in a 100 mg DS chewable tablet.

Unlike other iron supplements, Ferrimed® contains Fe3+ which allows the body to absorb the iron in a controlled way.

Ferrimed® is clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of IDA, has fewer and milder side effects such as constipation and nausea, and it can be taken conveniently with food.

Because iron deficiency anemia is a common worldwide, it is important to know the signs:

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Do you relate with any of the following? Speak to your doctor. Picture: Supplied


If you experience these symptoms it is advised to see your healthcare provider who will be able to diagnose you through a thorough medical history and tests, identifying the cause of these symptoms.

Jacques Cilliers
The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.