How much iron is too much? I've had my DNA analysed and it turns out I might have hemochromatosis. I still need to see a doctor to confirm. I was considering the Vegan MV, but I tend to eat about 2.5 cups of spinach and 2.5 cups of chopped broccoli per day. I'm a male and weigh 142 lbs. Could it be wise to refrain from taking a multivitamin that contains Iron?

Answer:

The immediate answer (until your doctor confirms this potential iron overload condition), is to not use any supplements that contain iron, but not because of diet, because of the possibility of hemochromatosis. You may have to significantly alter your diet if you're diagnosed with this condition. You are correct to see a doctor because “DNA testing” may lead you to a false positive. Your doctor may start by asking about symptoms and family history, which may or may not lead to next steps of giving you specific blood tests and if necessary add liver function/biopsy tests and maybe even an MRI.

If and once you’ve been cleared and you consume a vegan diet, the dotFIT VeganMV will be a good compliment since it’s designed for common shortcomings of plant -based diets. Here's a link for more information for you and your doctor on the VeganMV.