I'm not a Dr are you? From the www.lef.org site "Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease of abnormal iron metabolism. A person who has hemochromatosis absorbs too much iron from an ordinary diet. Consequently, this condition is sometimes called "iron overload" or "iron storage overload." If untreated, hemochromatosis can damage major organs in the body (Roeckel et al. 1998). Iron is a catalyst for the generation of free radical activity that has been identified as an underlying cause of cancer, atherosclerosis, liver cirrhosis, neurological disease, and other aging-related disorders. Approximately 32 million Americans are carriers for hemochromatosis, but only a minority of these carriers actually manifests the disease. A Swedish study reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition also recommended following a diet in which foods were not fortified with iron. Sweden formerly had the highest iron fortification of its food in the world. In January 1995, the iron fortification program was withdrawn because of the uncertain effects and benefits of such fortification. Sixteen men with hemochromatosis were then studied as to the effects of the fortification withdrawal. The study indicated iron absorption was significantly reduced; these effects were measured through quantitative phlebotomy. The study further concluded that those persons with hemochromatosis will have a slower rate of clinical disease progression when their food is not iron fortified (Olsson et al. 1997)."