Your Morning Cup of Joe (or Tea!) and Iron Absorption

Coffee and tea - iron absorption.

Are you taking your iron supplement with your morning cup of coffee or tea? I used to take mine with a cup of green tea…

Both coffee and tea (primarily green, black and white tea) contain high concentrations of polyphenols - which can reduce iron absorption by 60%, or even more. In fact, coffee consumption, with or just after a meal may reduce iron absorption by 40%.

So - don’t waste that precious iron. Take it away from your coffee and tea!

Reference(s):

Gropper, Sareen A.S, Jack L. Smith, and James L. Groff. Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism. 2009.

 
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