Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of people believe that the truth about G6PD Deficiency should be withheld from people. They think that you aren’t able to handle the truth. They think that as long as you don’t know babies are dying from ignorance at the hand of doctors, everything will be swell. I’m not one of those people. Personally, I’m tired of the horror stories about babies dying because the doctors didn’t know they had G6PDD, or worse, didn’t know what to do if they did. So the following are very candid and straight forward answers to some of the more common questions I have received over the past seven or eight years.
Ascorbic acid is included on most contraindicated lists for G6PDD, including Webmed.com. I actually did a search “ascorbic acid contraindicated g6pd” and there were over 100,000 websites that commented about the risks associated with ascorbic acid..
Ascorbic acid is a man-made chemical. At very high doses ascorbic acid actually becomes an oxidant, which destroys cells and that is why it is believed to be an effective natural treatment to eradicate cancer cells. See Why are iron supplements on the avoid list?
Ascorbic acid has been proven to increase the absorption of iron, which may help those who are low in iron, but increased iron absorption can be dangerous for people with G6PDD (see Why are iron supplements on the avoid list? and The Dangers of Iron Overload in G6PD Deficient People).
Ascorbic acid is in many processed foods, as it makes food look fresher than they really are. Vitamin C in the form of citric acid is all your body needs. These are all good reason to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
You will lower your food bill and your health risks by avoiding processed foods and instead, making home-made meals from ingredients you know are healthy. Our members section has hundreds of G6PDD safe recipes for food and natural remedies. Check it out.
Iron is often prescribed by doctors to counteract the loss of iron caused by anemia caused by bleeding or a poor diet. However, people with G6PDD often have too much iron in their blood due to varying levels of chronic hemolytic anemia, meaning their red blood cells actually break down at a faster rate than normal. When a red blood cell is destroyed, the iron (which is part of hemoglobin) is released into the blood stream. Too much iron is dangerous and can be deadly, so we recommend that G6PDD patients make sure their doctor orders a blood test to make sure they are actually iron deficient before taking iron supplements of any kind.
Read this article from the Univeristy of Utah website: http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthlibrary/library/herbs/all/doc.php?type=19&id=iron, Feb. 5, 2015. A quote from the article.