Natural Home Remedies for Hemochromatosis and Iron Overload
Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder that causes excessive absorption of incoming iron which is deposited in the tissues.
It is possible to “acquire” iron overload.
- Consumption or supplementation of high levels of iron
- Excess exposure to iron in the environment (tobacco smoke for example)
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Decreased libido
- Discoloration of the skin
- Excess free radicals in the body
- Heart failure
- Joint damage
- Liver failure
Prevalence in the U.S. is estimated to be 1 in 200-500 people. Symptoms usually appear late in life.
Treatment may be therapeutic phlebotomy (having your blood drawn), chelation therapy or changes in your diet (avoiding iron). A blood test will reveal your iron levels.
The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Beet greens
- Bone Broth using bones with marrow
- Calcium-rich foods (calcium inhibits iron absorption)
- Foods with non-heme iron (difficult to absorb)
- Lean pork
- Oxalate-containing foods to inhibit iron absorption
- Purple grapes
- Quercitin-rich foods
- Soy foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE
- Alcohol increases iron absorption
- Black tea
- Blackstrap molasses
- Blue fin tuna
- Iron-rich foods
- Raw seafood; raw shellfish might contain Vibrio Vulnificus, a bacteria deadly to people with high iron levels.
- Red meat
- Vitamin C supplements (aids iron absorption)
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Wheatgrass juice daily for six months as chelation
HERBS AND SPICES
- Lemon balm
- Milk thistle
- Reishi mushrooms
- Rosemary leaves
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.
- GLF for supporting gallbladder and liver function. Contains a blend of grapefruit, ledum, helichrysm, hyssop, celery and spearmint
- Sandalwood oil (alcohol extract)
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- #4 Ferrum phos 6x
- Avoid high doses of Vitamin C. Supplemental Vitamin C should not be taken in amounts greater than 200 mg per dose, without food, as Vitamin C increases iron absorption.
- Cell salt solution
- Ferrum metallicum – Homeopathy
- Food-grade activated charcoal
- Green tea extract
- R-lipoic acid
- John’s Wort may block absorption of iron
- Vitamin E
Drinking water heavy with iron may or may not be a problem for you. It’s a complex issue with DNA. To be on the safe side, avoid well water that is high in iron. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed but it probably will have no effect on your iron levels.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Coffee inhibits iron absorption.
- Don’t take supplements with iron in the list of ingredients, although most have non-heme iron in them.
- Fiber inhibits iron absorption.
- Liver detox (especially in the spring)
- Rice inhibits iron absorption.
- Tannins inhibit iron absorption.
- Chinese Medicine to support liver, kidney and spleen functions
- Earthing to reduce free radicals