Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You may reduce your risk of complications from hemochromatosis if you:

  • Avoid iron supplements and multivitamins containing iron. These can increase your iron levels even more.
  • Avoid vitamin C supplements, especially with food. Vitamin C increases absorption of iron. Try to drink vitamin C-rich juices, such as orange juice, between meals.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage. If you have liver disease and hereditary hemochromatosis, avoid alcohol completely.
  • Avoid eating raw shellfish. People with hereditary hemochromatosis are susceptible to infections, especially those caused by certain bacteria in raw shellfish.
  • Drink tea. Some evidence suggests that drinking tannin-rich tea may slow the storage of iron.
Dec. 13, 2012

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