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March 2000 Issue

Calcium, Iron, Fiber: Do They Cancel Each Other Out?

Q. My doctor told me not to take calcium and iron supplements at the same time because the calcium would block the iron from being fully absorbed. I've also heard fiber binds with calcium. Should I continue to eat a high-fiber cereal fortified with these minerals? A. Yes, go ahead and pour yourself a bowl. (You may not need the extra iron, however. Most men and older women don't, while nearly everyone can

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