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vikasgoyal Thu Nov 1, 2012 03:11 PM

Does IP6 work to chelate iron?

Marlene Fri Nov 2, 2012 09:32 AM

There's really not a good natural iron chelator that can handle the volume needed to chelate those getting transfusions. Your body hangs on to iron very well. Small amounts are lost through sweating and all antioxidant have some level of chelation ability but not very effective in iron overload cases.

Some have had success with wheat grass but IMO, it's not very promising as first line therapy for chelation. John tried it for about a year but had no benefit from it.

Lulu Sat Nov 3, 2012 02:23 PM

I have been taking IP6 and wheatgrass. Have had 6 transfusions and my ferritin is 357. Over the last 8 months it has gone up 63 points having had 2 transfusions in this time, no idea whether this is good or bad?

cathybee1 Mon Nov 5, 2012 02:39 AM

Based on my husband's experience, I would say you are doing well.

newfintexas Tue Nov 6, 2012 09:31 PM

Hi there, as my husband go more and more transfusions we were told the iron was going to be a problem - Greg - a member here told me about wheatgrass, hubby started taking it a couple of months ago and thankfully iron has not been an issue. We have read some on wheatgrass but of course not being a doctor I can only say it seems to be working for us. Our doctor also didn't have a problem with him taking it as long as he didn't take more then recommended. Maybe you could ask your doctor about it and get some feedback?

cathybee1 Tue Nov 6, 2012 10:42 PM

Yes, we did try it, both capsules and growing our own. Unfortunately, he didn't respond to it as we'd hoped. I'm really glad you're doing so well. :)

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