Iron - Blood Support and Metabolism

Iron is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in various physiological processes in the body. Its main function is to produce hemoglobin , a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. It is important to understand how much iron you need and what sources are best to include in your diet. Daily iron requirement:

  • Adults typically need about 8 to 18 mg of iron per day.
  • Pregnant women may need up to 27 mg per day.
  • Premenopausal women typically require 18-27 mg due to menstrual blood loss.

Sources of iron:

  • Heme iron from animal products: Red meat (2-3 mg per 100 g) and poultry (0.6-1.0 mg per 100 g) offer iron with a higher absorption rate of 15-35%.
  • Non-heme iron from plant sources: Lentils (3.3 mg per 100 g) and spinach (2.7 mg per 100 g) have a lower absorption rate of 2-20%, which can be increased by eating foods rich in vitamin C.

Iron is also involved in energy production, immune function and cognitive development, supporting:

  • Oxygen transport: Essential for the proper transport of oxygen to body tissues and organs, ensuring optimal cellular function and energy production.
  • Red Blood Cell Formation: Key to the development of healthy red blood cells.
  • Cognitive function: Important for brain development and function, especially in early childhood, it plays a role in cognitive processes including learning, memory and concentration.
  • Immune system support: Contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system, helps fight infections and maintains overall immune health.

Forms of iron supplements:

  • Gentle on the stomach: Iron bisglycinate, the chelated form bound to the amino acid glycine, is often considered the most gentle on the stomach compared to other forms such as ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumarate, which can cause digestive upset.

Recommended practices for iron supplements:

  • Optimal absorption: The iron supplement is best absorbed on an empty stomach, ideally in the morning. However, if it causes stomach discomfort, it can also be taken with food. Evening doses may optimize nocturnal absorption but may disrupt sleep in some individuals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Iron:

  • When is the best time to take iron supplements? An iron supplement is best absorbed on an empty stomach, ideally in the morning to increase energy levels during the day. However, if it causes discomfort, it can be taken with food. Interestingly, combining iron supplements with orange juice can significantly increase absorption due to vitamin C.
  • What are the health benefits of iron? Iron supports oxygen transport, cognitive function, muscle health and body temperature regulation. In Western countries, the group most at risk is especially the elderly, where the level of iron deficiency is close to 30%.
  • Which foods contain the most iron? Liver (6.5 mg per 100 g) and oysters (6 mg per 100 g) are the best sources of heme iron. Chickpeas (6.2 mg per 100 g) and pumpkin seeds (3.3 mg per 100 g) are excellent for non-heme iron. Cooking in cast iron can also increase the iron content of your meals.
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Iron is an essential mineral that plays a central role in energy production, immune system functioning and cognitive status. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen to the body's cells, and myoglobin, which binds oxygen used in muscle tissues. The iron in this product is chelated in the form of iron bisglycinate, which is clinically proven to have excellent absorption and is well tolerated because it is gentle and does not cause constipation and tract irritation.
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High Absorption Iron with Ferrochel is highly absorbable and bioavailable iron from the Ferrochel brand, which is 100% chelated. Thanks to this, it achieves high bioavailability and prevents nausea and digestive problems that are commonly caused by iron supplementation. Chelation allows iron to easily pass through the intestinal wall, where the minerals are optimally absorbed. Iron is an essential mineral that helps in the normal production of red blood cells. It is an important component of hemoglobin that carries oxygen throughout the body. Iron also plays an important role in the metabolism of folic acid, which is important for the development of the fetal nervous system. Anemia in pregnant women is associated with low birth weight and preterm birth. The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Ferrochel Iron is chelated with glycine amino acids, which ensures high absorption and increased tolerability.
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NOW Foods, Iron Complex, 100 tablets A bioavailable source of iron No constipation Non-GMO GMP quality Vegetarian/Vegan Dietary supplement   NOWⓇ Iron Complex is a unique blend of Ferrochel™ iron (a bioavailable form of iron) and its important...
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