Good Health Iron Chews are a great tasting, once a day, tropical flavoured chewable tablet that may support the management of dietary iron deficiency. Targets energy production. Iron chews contain a combination of ingredients to support optimal absorption of iron, help maintain the health of red blood cells and support the production of energy in the body. Iron requirements may be increased & supplementation may be beneficial in early adolescents, during the female reproductive period & during pregnancy, in active people and in vegetarians. Each tablet provides 20mg of elemental iron (from ferrous fumerate), with added vitamin C, B12 and folic acid, for better absorption. Suitable for vegetarians. 30 chewable tablets
RRP $20.50, healthy.co.nz price $18.95.
Common symptoms of an iron deficiency include: Anaemia, breathlessness, brittle nails, cold sensitivity, constipation, depression, light headedness, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, poor appetite (especially in children), sore inflamed tongue, weakness, an inability to fall asleep at night. These are just some of the deficiency symptoms.
Adults and children over 3 years of age: Take 1 tablet daily, or as professionally advised.
The recommended daily amount of iron, to maintain an existing level in the body, is:
0-0.5 years: 6mg/daily
0.5-10 years: 10mg/daily
>10 years: 12-15mg/daily
Iron levels should always be independently evaluated and then treated accordingly.
Anaemia - A common cause of fatigue, especially in menstruating women
The most common single cause of fatigue is iron deficiency or anaemia. Fatigue is also linked with hypoglycaemia and hypothyroidism. Natural iron rice foods & supplements should be considered if anyone is plagued with fatigue. Iron works hand in hand with oxygen in the body. In fact, iron is responsible for attracting oxygen to the body and carrying this to all body systems, tissues and organs. Iron is the beauty element for rosy cheeks and a lovely complexion.
Symptoms of Low Iron &/or Anaemia
The symptoms of anaemia are weakness, unusual fatigue, bodily weakness, breathing problems, dizziness, hazy thinking, flatulence, brittle nails, sickly looking skin, short attention span, depression, overall itching, headaches, heart burn, nausea after meals, constipation or diarrhoea, hair loss, ringing in the ears, irritability and a lack of energy.
The lack of energy that can go with anaemia is primarily due to poor haemoglobin synthesis and reduced oxygenation of tissues. Thus many of the symptoms of anaemia are signs of oxygen deprivation, which will also occur in high polluted areas, high altitudes and also in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Treating Anaemia is very important
Anaemia should not be left untreated. It could lead to degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, colitis, premature aging, allergies and even cancer. If left too long before being treated, the following symptoms are possible, anorexia, diarrhoea, vomiting, heart failure, mental aberration, tingling in the arms and legs, heavy breathing, ringing in the ears & spots before the eyes.
Newborn infants have 4 times the supply of iron in their body that adults have. The mother supplies the baby with enough iron, stored in the liver, for the entire first year of life. Women require more iron than men do due to their menstrual cycle. Pregnant and lactating women should ensure a high iron content in their diet.
Causes of Anaemia
Some causes of anaemia are due to a deficiency of B vitamins, such as folic acid and vitamin B12 as well as a lack of iron. The B complex vitamins are vital in cases of anaemia. They all work together in harmony to produce red blood cells.
A deficiency of Folic acid, which is one of the B vitamins, can cause anaemia, as it is essential for the formation of healthy blood cells in the bone marrow.
Vitamin B12 deficiency causes pernicious anaemia. This vitamin is found in abundance in animal protein, as well as some plant-based foods. B12 is essential in the formation of new blood cells, maintenance of growth and the myelination of nerve and brain fibres. A lack of B12 causes the destruction of blood cells quickly after formation. This is why it is vital that vegetarians, or more correctly vegans - who are those people who don't consume any animal products, supplement their diet with vitamin B12. The herbs Chlorella & Spirulina contain Vit B12.
Vitamin E is also important, as it aids in the assimilation of organic iron, organic meaning iron from plants or food supplements. However Vitamin E is destroyed by inorganic iron such as ferrous sulphate, which is often prescribed for anaemia. Vitamin E helps iron to be absorbed by the cells. Ferric iron, a form used in many iron supplements is like rust and is poorly assimilated by the body. Both ferric and ferrous iron, the type that is usually added to foods to enrich them, can be deposited in the liver and can cause constipation. Vitamin C greatly enhances the absorption of iron from plant foods. As well as this copper and calcium, but not in excess, are essential for the proper absorption of iron.
Does drinking tea and coffee at meals affect iron absorption?
We find that a lot of people who drink tea, coffee & chocolate products are either anaemic or iron deficient. This is because when people drink a lot of tea and coffee, inositol and biotin, which are both recognised as part of the B complex vitamins, may become deficient in the body. Being deficient in these prevents iron from being properly used and causes other vitamins to be pumped through and out of the body before they can be properly absorbed.
As well as this, the tannin and caffeine in these products acts like a magnet and binds with vitamins and minerals and eliminates these from the body. So this is something to watch.
Ideally we should not drink tea or coffee for up to 1 hour after a meal.
Per 1 tablet: Ferrous fumarate 61mg, equivalent elemental Iron 20mg, Ascorbic acid (Vit C) 50mg, Cyanocobalamin (Vit B12) 50mcg, Folic acid 300mcg. No artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives or colours used in this product.
Keep out of reach of Children. Iron levels should always be independently evaluated and then treated accordingly. Not suitable for severe iron deficiency conditions.