A brief history of heme iron supplementation

As in every country, in Sweden major industry is handling meat products to the food industry and ultimately to the consumers.

In the seventies large changes in environmental legislature and waste handling were taking place. This made the industry consider new uses for residue.

The residue could be destroyed or industrially transformed into fertilizer, which would often come to be the case. Some residue contained components that could be taken care of in better ways.

Problem waste handled

One of these was the content of red blood cells. So a technology was developed to efficiently and hygienically collect and treat hemoglobin.

It became possible to collect, clean and treat hemoglobin and plasma industrially. This resulted in hemoglobin powder that could be certified as a food ingredient and later even as a food supplement component.

Natural hemoglobin contains heme iron, which is the most efficient and well-tolerated source of palatable iron for man. The only other kind, non-heme iron, is found in plants and chemical/syntethic forms of supplements

High-quality raw material

Heme iron supplement tablets first appeared in the seventies in Scandinavia. They are still in large use because of excellent tolerance and good efficacy.

Today the third generation of heme iron supplement tablets is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide.

Natural hemoglobin contains heme iron, which is the most efficient and well-tolerated source of palatable iron for man.

The only other kind, non-heme iron, is found in plants and chemical/synthetic forms of supplements.

Heme iron and its good properties were known in the medical community. After the first products appeared, there were clinical studies confirming absorption and tolerance. Heme iron is easily absorbed as a whole structure with high bioavailability.

Non-heme iron must be dissolved before uptake. Because of low absorption reactive free iron ions remain in the gut causing disturbancies/side-effects.

A number of heme-iron based tablet food supplements have been introduced since the 1970-ies in Scandinavia.

Despite major general use no cases of serious side-effects or of poisoning have been reported

This form of iron supplementation has been unique to Scandinavia, since nowhere else is the technology and know-how needed present.

For chronics, when iron deficiency is linked to the disease, the situation can be critical. Sooner or later almost everyone develops side-effects that eventually terminate the vital therapy.

The traditional alternative remaining has been intravenous supplementation, which is costly, painful and inconvenient. It also brings oxidative stress to the organism

Today, more and more doctors and health authorities around the world are realising that natural heme iron therapy is safe, economical, well-tolerated and efficient.

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