Quick Iron Facts

  • There are 2 types of iron supplements
    • Heme iron which is derived from meat and poultry
    • Non-heme iron from vegetables, dairy and chemically bonded
  • Your body prefers Heme Iron
    • Heme iron is the preferred iron source which is absorbed more efficiently
    • Non-heme iron needs to be broken down and converted to a usable form of iron. This process tends to leave free iron ions causing gastrointestinal side effects such as constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Heme iron has been used for more than 20 years
    • No serious side effects or iron poising’s ever reported from over millions of users
  • Heme iron will be absorbed in almost any situation
    • Non-heme iron absorption is often effected by food, drinks such as coffee, tea and other medications
    • Absorption of heme iron starts at the beginning of the intestine. This is especially beneficial for people with short gut
  • There is no substitute for Iron
    • Iron is used by your body to form red blood cells
    • Red blood cells help transport oxygen throughout the body
  • It takes time to replenish your iron stores takes
    • This process can take a few months
    • People with ongoing blood loss which cannot be corrected (such as heavy menstrual periods) may need to continue taking iron supplements indefinitely.


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