What is the role of vitamin C in the treatment of hemochromatosis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) increases intestinal absorption of inorganic iron. No reason exists to discourage patients from eating fresh fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C, but advising them to limit ingestion of vitamin C in supplements to 500 mg/d is prudent. Use mineral supplements for specific deficiencies only.


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