A Quick Guide to Treating Your Iron Deficiency
Iron is a mineral that our body needs to perform many of its functions such as transportation of oxygen by the red blood cells, fighting off infections in infants, children, women, and men, improvement in muscle function and recovery, and improved memory, focus and ability to learn.
It is incredibly important to watch your iron levels and make sure you are not deficient.
What is the Best Way to Get My Daily Iron?
In order to prevent becoming deficient, we recommend eating the foods that are rich in iron. Your best options for providing your body its daily iron intake are: shrimp, beef (chuck roast, lean ground beef) turkey legs, tuna, eggs, liver (beef and chicken), tofu, oysters, clams, beans, oatmeal, raisins, spinach, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, and brown rice.
What if your family's uber-busy lifestyle does not allow for many of these meals? Maybe you're a picky eater/cooking for a picky eater? Or, perhaps you developed an iron deficiency anemia from excess losses such as heavy menses? Iron supplements are a great alternative option.
Reasons to Supplement Iron
You should consider iron supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, suffer from a condition that causes blood loss (including menstruation and ulcers), or have a gastrointestinal disorder (celiac disease, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) that prevents your body from absorbing iron. Also vegetarians are at a higher risk of developing Iron deficiency anemia due to their specific diet. A study by Rochester University found that people who perform strenuous exercise or long distance runners are at a higher risk for iron deficiency and require 30% more iron in their diet than sedentary individuals.
As always, we highly recommend talking to your physician about whether supplementing with iron is right for you. We all need different amounts of nutrients, depending on our age, gender, and overall health.
What are the types of Iron Supplements?
If you decide that iron supplements are a good decision for your body. We encourage you to educate yourself on the different types of iron, so you can determine which supplement is best for you. Here are the four types of iron:1. Ferrous sulfate
Ferrous sulfate (or "sulphate") is the most common iron supplement - for a good reason. It’s very soluble, so it’s fast-working. It also has good bioavailability, and it is the cheapest form of iron supplements. However, it is the hardest on your body and causes many to suffer from nausea, vomiting, constipation and stomach irritation.2. Ferrous gluconate
Ferrous gluconate is a soluble iron salt that appears to be less bioavailable than ferrous sulfate (around 90 percent of ferrous sulfate levels). At the same dose, this iron supplement's side effects are nearly identical to ferrous sulfate.3. Ferrous fumarate
Ferrous fumarate is the least soluble of these ferrous salts. This means it’s a little more reliant on gastric acid to dissolve and takes longer to absorb in your body. However, it has the least amount of side effects of all iron salts and hence best tolerated. Frunutta utilizes this ferrous salt in its game-changing under the tongue absorption avoiding the need for intestinal absorption.4. Ferrous succinate
There are not many studies on this iron salt, despite its existence dating back to the 1950s. It tends to be mixed with other supplements rather than on its own ― likely because of its low solubility and bioavailability.
Learn More About Frunutta Vitamins
Frunutta prides itself as a market leader in purity and absorption. Frunutta’s iron supplements for kids, women and men are easily absorbed under the tongue and hence gentler on your stomach. Enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle by supplementing your diet with high-quality, easy-to-absorb vitamins. To explain what sets Frunutta vitamins apart from other vitamins, watch this video with Dr. Alavi: