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Spinach is not as good as people think[edit]

An interesting abstract [1] on pubmed indicates that: 1. Spinach is a poor source of dietary iron 2. Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) doubles the iron absorbed from spinach.

Posted this hoping there's someone will find a good place to work this into the article. -- Matthew 1130 11:39, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Iron deficincy anaemia[edit]

There is one page on "Iron deficiency anaemia" and one page on "iron deficiency (medicine)". They are closely related topics and perhaps they should be merged. Perhaps, a decision on a merge could by made by a consensus opinion soon and in the early stages of this subjects "medicine collaboration of the week", in order to prevent confusion at a later stage.

I would vote for the pages to be merged. Snowman 19:32, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree --Emevas 21:03, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Agreed Badgettrg
Disagreed. Different topics, big articles. `'mikka 20:56, 8 February 2007 (UTC)


  1. ^ Controlled Environment Agriculture Program, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA., Bioavailability of iron from spinach using an in vitro/human Caco-2 cell bioassay model. 2004;10(1):7-14 (PMID 15880905)

i also strongly dissagree...ahsan masood

Changed table[edit]

I replaced table under "Good Natural Sources of Iron (Foods)" since previous was vegy oriented and didn't include any heme iron group (fish-meat). Its not perfect, dosages aren't very specific, but I think it has enough variety.


Milk seems to block the absoption of iron contained in iron-fortified cereals. Does anyone have a source for this? Tkuvho (talk) 04:54, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Addition in the article[edit]

I made changes in the article by further adding information on what Iron Deficiency Anemia is and its causes, in the second paragraph.

SR95 (talk) 02:22, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Serving size[edit]

Why is the serving size 100g for all the meats and differing amount for vegetables? It seems heavily skewed towards soya. (talk) 07:10, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Tendinopathy an effect of iron deficiency?[edit]

Moved here from main article the claim that tendinopathy is caused by iron deficiency.

The study cited for this claim says only that fluoroquinolones (FQ) cause tendinopathies, and suggests fluoroquinolone-related iron chelation, not iron deficiency per se, causes tendinopathies:

"Badal S1, Her YF1, Maher LJ 3rd2. "J Biol Chem. 2015 Jul 23. pii: jbc.M115.671222. [Epub ahead of print] "*Non-antibiotic effects of fluoroquinolones in mammalian cells.*


"Fluoroquinolones (FQ) are powerful broad-spectrum antibiotics whose side effects include renal damage and, strangely, tendinopathies. ... "

PMID 26205818

The free full text suggests a role of iron chelation at page 6:

These results suggest, for the first time, that FQ treatment can cause unanticipated epigenetic effects. Moreover, we suggest that the well-established linkage between FQ treatment and tendinopathy reflects impairment of collagen maturation by FQ. We suggest that it is the inhibition of collagen 4 prolylhydroxylases by FQ- mediated iron chelation, and repression of collagen P4H1 and LH1transcription that underlies the peculiar tendinopathy side effects of FQ antibiotics. ...

The study's conclusion:

Thus, we propose that iron chelation by FQ antibiotics explains tendinopathy and nephrotoxicity in part through inhibition of iron-dependent dioxygenase enzymes.

iron amount in clam[edit]

The table has clam at #1 with 28 mg of iron per 100 g. However, has "Mollusks, clam, mixed species, canned, liquid" entry with only 0.3 mg per 100 g. That is roughly a percent of what this article claims. Though the list also has "mussel" at #8, and isn't mussel also a sort of a clam? (talk) 07:15, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

So, that was the one I got with Google search. Now I found entry "Mollusks, clam, mixed species, canned, drained solids" which has 44.7 mg per 100g. And that is over 1.5 more than given in this wiki article... (talk) 07:25, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, that wasn't per 100 g. The default portion size was bigger, and the amount per 100 g is indeed 28 mg. (talk) 17:21, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

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