Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Vegans, pregnant and nursing women, seniors and athletes are especially prone to deficiency or sub-optimal iron status. Fatigue, pale skin, difficulty concentrating and brittle hair and nails are just some iron deficiency symptoms. If you’ve ever experienced an iron deficiency, you know it’s no joke and supplementing is often the only way to build up your iron levels quickly and efficiently. Some iron preparations can be notoriously hard to digest and absorb well, resulting in GI side effects like constipation or nausea.
Symptoms of Iron Deficiency
Some people don’t realize they’re iron deficient or anemic until symptoms really start to take their toll. Signs and symptoms include:
Your doctor can do several tests to determine how low you are in iron. These include red blood cell size and colour, hematocrit (% of red blood cells in your blood), hemoglobin, and ferritin (iron stores). Other tests can look for sources of blood loss in the body if needed. The ferritin test has become more and more recognized as essential to identifying iron deficiency early on. Your blood levels may be acceptable, and symptoms not yet apparent. Still, if your ferritin reserves are low, then you’re likely on course for anemia until you get it corrected.
Iron+™ with B-Vitamin Complex is a liquid iron supplement from Flora specially formulated for easy absorption and assimilation. Formulated with iron (ferrous gluconate) and B vitamins in a delicious liquid base of fruit and vegetable juices, Iron+™ daily use helps normalize low iron levels to boost energy, vitality and optimal health. Naturally yeast and gluten-free, this liquid iron formula is also recommended for children and pregnant or nursing women to help them meet their daily iron needs.
Ferrous gluconate is elemental iron bound to gluconic acid. This is a weak, organic acid that is easy for your digestive system to break down to access and absorb the iron. Ferrous gluconate has been used in many clinical trials, showing it is well-absorbed, well-tolerated, and generally side-effect-free.
B vitamins help convert food macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) into energy. Additionally, folic acid, B6 and B12 are needed for red blood cell production. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (which itself contains iron), which transports oxygen throughout the body. Together, the B vitamins and iron help your energy levels and maintain healthy amounts of red blood cells.
Flora currently makes 80, 240 and 445 mL liquid sizes, and Iron+™ is also available in capsule form for convenience while travelling or on the go. Feeling better and more like your usual self is within reach with Iron+™.