IRON MAY BENEFIT CHRONIC COUGH

November 1, 2012 by  
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Iron deficiency may cause some cases of chronic cough in women, Italian researchers say.

Patients presenting to an outpatient respiratory clinic with unexplained chronic cough, and later found to be iron deficient,  showed a “dramatic” improvement in their symptoms after taking iron supplements, they report in The International Journal of Clinical Practice.

Although this was only a small study, the 22 women involved in the study had not responded to standard treatment, but following  two months of iron treatment, a histamine challenge concentration had to be increased fourfold to produce the same number of coughs. A “plausible mechanism” for iron deficiency causing chronic cough could be impairment of the defence mechanisms of the airway mucosa, they suggested. This fitted with the well-known link between iron deficiency and oral mucosa atrophy, they said.

See your Naturopathic Physician or Doctor before taking iron supplements. If iron supplements are required, only take plant-based iron supplementation as they are better absorbed by the body and don’t usually interfere with your bowels.

Yours In Great Health,
Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO
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