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50mg iron supplement every other day?

Hello! I'm a 21 year old male. I am on a weight loss diet that provides all nutrients and vitamins I need except iron (according to MyFitnessPal), which I only meet 9% of the recommended daily amount. I found 50mg iron supplement tablets at the store. I understand taking 50mg of iron a day is far too much and can lead to toxicity, but would it be healthy to take one every other day with breakfast?

Thank you!
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Have you had a blood test for your Iron?
You only need about 8 mg. per day of iron.

    1 cup fortified instant oatmeal: 10 milligrams
    1 cup cooked soybeans: 8 mg
    1 cup boiled kidney beans: 4 mg
    1 cup edamame, cooked from frozen: 3.5 mg

Spinach and beans are also good sources of iron. So are whole-grain cereals that have been enriched with iron.
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Iron blockers:
Dairy products
Calcium supplements
Eggs
Caffeine (contains tannins)
Tea (contains tannins)
Chocolate
Fiber
Antacids

If you want the above items, eat or drink them about 2 hours before or 2 hours after iron foods.

Raw spinach isn't easily absorb for iron.
Cook it.

Organic Blackstrap Molasses has high iron content. If you cannot find it, get Organic regular molasses. Doesn't taste great, but can eat a spoonful a day.

Try eating an iron rich meal each day.

Steak Dinner:
Steak (heme iron),
potatoes (no dairy/butter or sour cream) or fries,
leafy green salad with a citrus vinaigrette (Vitamin C),
glass of lemonade (Vitamin C)
-- no dairy, coffee or tea


Grilled Chicken Dinner:
Grilled chicken (heme iron),
spinach (nonheme iron and many vitamins including Vitamin C), vegetables and fruits (Vitamin C), citrus vinaigrette (Vitamin C),
glass of lemonade (Vitamin C)
-- no dairy, coffee or tea


Lamb Gyro:
Lamb gyro (heme iron),
vegetables (Vitamin C),
leafy green salad with a citrus vinaigrette (Vitamin C),
fruit glass of juice (Vitamin C)
-- no dairy, coffee or tea


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Also...you can cook in a cast iron pan (the black pans, not enamel coated pans)
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