TOO MUCH IRON
Large amounts of iron in the body can cause damage to the intestinal tract, vomiting, diarrhea, liver damage, abdominal and joint pain, weight loss, fatigue, thirst and hunger, cancer, heart disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and various psychiatric disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, excessive pigmentation of the skin and weakness in the body. People with elevated levels of iron in the body need prompt medical attention.
The liver is particularly sensitive to excessive amounts of iron since it is the main place where iron is stored.
Quantities of more than 3 grams of iron in children can lead to death. There are several cases of iron poisoning in children, every year.
Constipation is also one of the most common side effects of large amounts of iron in the body, but there can also be diarrhea. The side effects can be reduced if the iron intake is reduced into smaller portions.
High levels of iron (more than 200μg per liter of blood), lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This happens because of oxidative damage to the heart and blood vessels and increased oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Some studies have shown that iron can inhibit tumor development, while others have shown that iron can affect the development of tumors. Iron can increase the risk of cancer as it affects the formation of free radicals. Some studies have shown that high levels of iron are associated with throat cancer and gastrointestinal cancer, but this has not been fully proven yet.
Is Iron Helping or Slowly Killing You?