Iron absorption limited by tea by 62%. do I need more iron?


#1

Just read this article. I think a lot of tea. Should I modify my soylent recipe?


#2

my DIY
http://diy.soylent.me/recipes/milky-soylent-for-normal-people


#3

I believe it’s only an issue if you drink the tea WITH your soylent.

I used to drink tea with many meals, but I don’t drink anything with my soylent.


#4

Soylent contains more iron than you need. The FDA iron dietary guideline is actually pretty high.

Edit: Some of the health benefits from drinking tea/oily coffee (espresso, french press) in men is from the reduction of excess iron.


#5

How much tea are you drinking and are you drinking with your soylent? If your worried have your iron levels checked. If they drop below a normal level only then i would consider adding iron to your soylent. You don’t want to accidentally poison yourself with to much iron.

@Exordium01 the FDA’s requirement of 18mg is for women. I do admit most guys get to much iron in their diet because of this. Thats one reason i donate blood ever so often.


#6

For what it’s worth, I’m a large male who hasn’t eaten red meat for over 20 years, so I don’t get much non-heme iron. Most of the iron I get is heme iron, the kind affected by tea and coffee.
I drink a lot of coffee and tea. (Too much coffee and tea.) And I take a multivitamin supplement with no iron in it.

In June, I had extensive bloodwork (before soylent), but if coffee/tea had a serious effect, one would expect it should show up in me. My relevant test levels were all in the normal range:

IRON: 94 (45-160 ug/dL)
IRON, % SAT: 26 (20-55%)
TIBC: 363 (228-428 ug/dL)