Low iron levels? Pop a pill. Pretty simple, right?
Unfortunately for some it’s not that easy. Over-the-counter ‘iron tablets’ often contain a form of iron called ferrous sulphate which is renowned for causing side effects - such as bloating, cramping and constipation.
This can make taking iron so unpleasant many people just stop.
If your gut is telling you it doesn’t like iron tablets, it’s probably best to listen…and try Clements Iron, instead.
Easily absorbed and gentle, with unique 'Ferrochel' Iron
Clements Iron is different. It contains a special type of iron, Ferrochel™, which is ‘chelated’. This means the iron molecules are attached to amino acids which help absorption, and reduce irritation to the digestive system.
Best of all, as a liquid supplement it works fast…entering the bloodstream quickly to help boost iron levels and energy quickly.
Packed with nutrients
You work hard; so should your iron supplement! Clements Iron is packed with a broad spectrum of helpful vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling vibrant, energetic and healthy.
- B-Vitamins – To boost energy and help the body cope with stress
- Zinc - To aid immunity and healing
- Copper – To combat free radical damage, and help with iron absorption
- Manganese – Increases metabolism, regulates blood sugar and promotes brain health
- Iodine – Assists energy metabolism and supports healthy skin, hair and nails.
Am I getting enough iron?
It’s important to see your doctor if you suspect an iron deficiency and have it properly diagnosed. However, low iron is very common in Australian women - and it’s on the rise in the age group of 18-30, according to a recent Medibank survey1.
Women need twice as much iron as men – 18mg RDI for women aged 19-50, compared to 8mg for adult men2. When pregnant, this increases up to 27mg per day.
Other categories with a high risk of iron deficiency:
- Teenage girls
- Breastfeeding women
- Patients recovering from blood loss or illness
- Athletes and regular exercisers
- Growing children (2+)
- Vegetarians & vegans
A man could get his RDI of iron by eating a serve of wholegrain iron-enriched breakfast cereal, 100g red meat and a handful of nuts. But for women, it can often be difficult to get enough in the daily diet.
Studies show low iron levels can have an impact on concentration, memory and mental performance.3
You might notice you’re feeling tired, lethargic, ‘scattered’ or unfocused. Other signs of low iron levels include pale skin, dizziness or feeling light headed. Brittle nails and shortness of breath may also be experienced.
Best sources of dietary iron
Red meat – in particular beef and kangaroo - is the richest and best source of commonly consumed dietary iron. Not only that, but it is also the type of iron (‘haem’) best absorbed by the body.
Pork, poultry and fish (including tinned fish) come second. Grains, iron-enriched breakfast cereals, vegetables, legumes (beans and lentils), nuts and eggs, are considered ‘non haem’ and do contain iron, but it’s up to 10 times less well absorbed (around 1-2% compared with 25% from red meat).
The iron in Clements Iron mimics the way ‘haem’ iron acts in the body – so it’s absorbed like red meat, while still being vegetarian and vegan friendly.
What about spinach?
Spinach was once recommended as a rich source of iron. Yes, it does contain iron – but it is not well absorbed. The fibre and oxalates in vegetables tend to bind and hold iron, so it cannot be properly utilised by the body. Seems Popeye was wrong!
Other substances which can interfere with absorption include bran and whole grains, coffee and tea. So if you’re adding a tablespoon of bran to your iron-enriched cereal, then washing it down with a short black ….. it’s highly likely you’re getting very little iron at all. A better choice may be a glass of orange juice – vitamin C greatly increases iron absorption from non-meat sources.
Daily iron insurance
If, after considering your dietary needs you’d like to try a supplement, go with your “gut” and choose Clements. Clements Iron provides the equivalent of 12mg of easily absorbed, readily digested iron to help cover any dietary shortfall, plus added nutrients for wellbeing.
Whether you’re struggling to swallow tablets or you’re a busy mum, or an executive on the run, a daily dose of Clements Iron can help improve your spark, stamina and vitality.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your doctor.
- Murray-Kolb et al.American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007