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Iron Supplements

Iron is our most abundant essential trace mineral. It is an important micronutrient in energy production, protein metabolism and immune system health. Iron anaemia, when haemoglobin-containing red blood cell production declines, might cause pallor, weakness, poor immunity and fatigue.

Supplementations with iron pills or tonic is a common way used to supply the body with the additional amount of the mineral. Iron deficiency is more common in pregnant or heavily menstruating women, female athletes, teenagers experiencing a growth spurt and the elderly. Studies show that around 40% of New Zealand women of childbearing age are iron deficient. Iron-deficient mothers are more likely to produce infants who are susceptible to iron deficiency.

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Iron Info

Iron is necessary to most life forms on the planet. We need it as the central component of our oxygen-transporting haemoglobin molecules. It is an important micronutrient in energy production, protein metabolism and immune system.

Fatigue, irritability, recurring infections, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain and heavy menstrual bleeding can all indicate dietary iron deficiency. Cognitive impairment, developmental delay and hair loss can result if iron deficiency is not addressed.

Iron Side Effects

Poorly absorbed iron supplements can cause headaches, constipation and digestive discomfort due to residual iron the body is trying to excrete.

High doses can cause organ toxicity and free radical damage to tissues.

Take at least 2 hours away from medications.

Contraindicated in cases of hemochromatosis.

Keep your supplements well out of reach of curious children. Iron supplements are a leading cause of accidental poisonings in young children (USA), who find containers and swallow the contents.

Product Reviews

  • Constipation and no difference in energy levels


    This product causes very bad constipation and has not made any difference in energy my levels at all. I have been taking it for 3 months, almost finished bottle. Can only bear it while taking high dose of Slippery elm to conteract constipation. Would not recommend it, very dissapointed.



  • Proved these tablets work


    Had a low red cell count at my last 'whole blood' donation of 128, then after four weeks of using this product it went up to 143, then another two weeks later up to 156, red cell count checked when tested by blood bank at my 'plasma' donations.



  • Worth trying on an empty stomach


    I have very sensitive digestion and low ferritin since I was a teenager. This is the first iron supplement I have been able to take without any digestive issues (although I did have to build up slowly to taking a full capsule). I took one capsule twice a day for a few months and only had a small rise in ferritin. Then I took the advice of other reviewers and started having it on an empty stomach (no food for 3 hours beforehand) and no food for an hour afterwards. My ferritin is now 30 and I am really happy! Thanks so much to other reviewers for posting this advice. It's made a real difference for me.



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