What the doctors say doctor's quotes on heme iron therapy experiences

Absorption/uptake

“It has long been known that small amounts of heme iron of less than 20 mg added to the diet is absorbed more efficiently than non-heme iron.”

IRON SUPPLEMENTATION IN PREGNANCY. IS LESS ENOUGH? Acta Obstet. Gynecol. Scand 1997 Dr. Berit Borch-Johnsen, MD Oslo University

"Absorption of dietary iron in iron salt form (as in most supplements) varies somewhat according to the body’s need for iron, and is usually between 10 % and 20 % of iron intake. Absorption of iron from animal products, and some plant products, is in the form of heme iron, and is more efficient, allowing absorption of from 15 % to 35 % of intake."

Wikipedia

"Plant foods are definitely different from animal foods when it comes to their iron content. In animal foods, iron is often attached to proteins called heme proteins, and referred to as heme iron. In plant foods, iron is not attached to heme proteins and is classified as non-heme iron. Heme iron is typically absorbed at a rate of 7 - 35 %. Non-heme iron is typically absorbed at a rate of 2 - 20 %."

whfoods.org.

“Heme iron is absorbed from meat more efficiently than dietary inorganic iron and in a different manner.”

ABSORPTION OF HEME IRON. Uzel C, Conrad ME. Semin Hematol. 1998 Jan;35(1):27-34.

"Heme iron tablets typically have a tolerance at placebo level, whereas the synthetic oral irons have a therapy failure rate due to side-effects of around 30 %. Heme iron products have the potential to complement anaemia therapy. This would mean substantial savings for the community and a much improved quality of life for the patients."

HEME IRON-BASED DIETARY INTERVENTION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF IRON STATUS IN YOUNG WOMEN. Hoppe M, Brun B, Larsson MP, Moraeus L, Hulthen L.Nutrition. 2013 Jan;29(1):89-95.

“I have professionally used OptiFer® iron supplementation tablets for my patients with moderate iron deficiency and my experience and tests is that OptiFer® works well, being both efficient and well tolerated. This form of supplementation is needed because synthetic oral iron gives potentially therapy-harming side-effects and the alternative, intravenous iron is very expensive and has side-effects.”

Dr. Ricardo Torviso, MD. Niterói, RJ

“Dietary-based treatment containing heme iron has few side effects and can be used efficiently to improve the iron status of women of reproductive age.”

Dr. Michael Hoppe, Department of Clinical Nutrition, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Good tolerance

On tolerance

“This is an excellent and welcome complement to current iron preparations. Too many patients can't handle the usual iron medications due to side-effects in the form of stomach problems.”

Dr. Lars-Göran Kjellin, MD. Stockholm

“I have a number of patients that have taken heme iron preparations for years. They have kept a satisfactory iron balance without the unfortunately all-too-common side effects that are often associated with iron preparations.”

Dr. Lars Ehn, MD. Stockholm

High absorption

“Heme iron is absorbed from meat more efficiently than dietary inorganic iron and in a different manner.”

ABSORPTION OF HEME IRON. Uzel C, Conrad ME. Semin Hematol. 1998 Jan;35(1):27-34.

"Heme iron tablets typically have a tolerance at placebo level, whereas the synthetic oral irons have a therapy failure rate due to side-effects of around 30 %. Heme iron products have the potential to complement anaemia therapy. This would mean substantial savings for the community and a much improved quality of life for the patients."

HEME IRON-BASED DIETARY INTERVENTION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF IRON STATUS IN YOUNG WOMEN. Hoppe M, Brun B, Larsson MP, Moraeus L, Hulthen L.Nutrition. 2013 Jan;29(1):89-95.

Good results with OptiFer®

Therapy experience

For me as a personal opinion regarding OptiFer ®Tab, I used for myself and my patients. OptiFer® has the least side-effects on oral iron tabs and the highest good result I see.

Dr. Etmad Mohamed El-Said, MD. Kuwait

“My own special opinion is that OptiFer® Kiddo in the best ferrous tablets I have used ever. There are no side effects and no gastric troubles, and the tablet is functioning very well.”

Dr. B. K. Naser, MD. Kuwait

On therapy

“The OptiFer® heme iron supplement tablets I tried have worked well with some of my patients at my clinic that had problems with iron deficiency mainly due to gastric surgery treatments. I am happy with both efficacy and tolerance and I believe that these products have a future on the Brazilian market with consumers and within healthcare.”

Dr. Olympio Pecanha, MD. Niterói, RJ

“Low-dose iron supplementation with a heme component has better bio-availability and fewer side effects than an equivalent dose of purely inorganic iron in blood donors.”

Dr. Benedicte Eskeland, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

“Feedback from patients for OptiFer® Tablets is very good. There is no complaints or any complications as the results are very good.”

Dr. Nawal Khedr, MD. Kuwait

“As a Doctor, and an anaemic patient both, I use much treatment against anaemia but with no effect or with little effect.

I have now used OptiFer® as a new alternative, and I was surprised by the result because it raises the Hb to Normal without side effects. OptiFer® is my First Choice for the treatment of anaemia.”

Dr. Marwa Salah Eldeen Mahmoud Aly, MD. Kuwait

"I have been dispensing OptiFer® over the last few months to patients at my pharmacy. So far I haven't had any negative feedback from my patients in regards to intolerance!

Overall I feel very confident in recommending OptiFer® to anyone starting on iron supplements, experiencing side effects or just simply not seeing great results from their current iron supplements."

Dr. Phoebe Gao, MD, Ontario, Canada

“I have used OptiFer® on myself and on my patients and it is giving the least side-effects compared to any iron tablet. OptiFer® is giving the highest good results.”

Dr. Awatef Ghazy, MD. Kuwait

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