Why Choose Ferrous Bisglycinate for Iron Supplementation?
Many people around the world suffer from an iron deficiency. Most people don't even know what iron does in the body, but a lack of iron can alter your life in ways you wouldn’t expect.
Iron is an essential mineral that is involved in over 200 biochemical reactions in your body. So it’s safe to say that iron1 is very important to the efficiency at which your body functions and how healthy it is.
Iron is found in the blood and it’s what makes blood red when you bleed. When the blood in your body hits the air, the oxidization of the iron in the cells colors the blood red.
Iron helps form red blood cells, which are integral to the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the heart, muscles, organs, and tissues of the body. It also assists in the transport of carbon dioxide to the lungs to dispel it from the body.
When you don't have enough iron, your cells can't get the oxygen they need. Your energy drops, and you feel weak, spacy, and tired. If you have been experiencing symptoms like these, you may want to contact your doctor and get tested for iron deficiency2.
Those who are most commonly at risk of iron-deficiency are pregnant women, menstruating women, vegetarians and vegans, adolescent children and the elderly, and those on specific medications.
Please note that this is not a diagnosis. Please consult your doctor before beginning any supplements or making drastic dietary changes.
Foods That Are High In Iron
A good way to provide your body with iron is through the consumption of iron-rich foods. Non-haem iron is found in a multitude of different plants which makes it easy to incorporate it into your diet.
Popular iron-rich plants include kale, spinach, and swiss chard. All of these plants are easily recognizable dark greens. Any vegetarian will tell you that adding a handful of spinach or kale to your next salad will up the iron intake.
Poultry, red meat, and seafood also offer iron in its heme form. Shrimp with pasta in a white wine sauce or a chicken cutlet can be a fun way to spice up dinner while still getting your daily dose of iron.
In addition to all of these well-known foods, there are plenty of foods that are iron-rich that many people don’t consider. Consider oatmeal and bran cereals with a drizzle of honey, as it not only adds more iron to the meal but contributes just a touch of sweetness.
Another favorite snack with a powerful iron punch is pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle them on yogurt or just eat them right out of the bag.
If you are iron-deficient, you may also want to take an iron supplement. You should know that not all iron supplements are created equal.
Some forms of iron are harder for the body to absorb and metabolize efficiently. This can make the supplement less effective, and tough on the digestive system.
The most highly praised supplemental form of iron is Ferrous Bisglycinate,3 a non-haem iron that is chelated for better absorption and metabolism.
This supplement can travel through the stomach and intestines without breaking apart. It then gets absorbed in the gastrointestinal section of the digestion tract, which allows it to be absorbed at a higher speed and in larger quantities.
How Does Vitamin C Help Iron?
Vitamin C has been shown to help with the absorption of iron into the body. The vitamin C latches on to the non-haem iron and increases the solubility of the iron. This in turn makes it easier for the body to absorb the iron through the intestinal mucus membrane.
When the iron is easier to absorb, the body can take it in much faster, thereby improving the rate at which iron levels are restored to normal, and bringing the body back to health much quicker.
Vitamin C is another very important vitamin that is critical to your body’s proper functioning. Some iron supplements have vitamin C in them as well to help make absorption quicker.
Our NATURELO Iron supplement contains vitamin c and is formulated as Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate, which has nearly twice the bioavailability of other forms of iron, such as ferrous sulfate, gluconate, or fumarate. It's also less likely to cause gastric distress.
1. Review on iron and its importance for human health, 2014 Feb; 19(2): 164–174.