The OptiFer® series of heme iron supplements solve many problems inherent with iron therapy.
Building up adequate normal iron storage is a process that takes time, just as iron depletion doesn’t happen overnight. Iron balance is about what’s coming in through food and what is lost normally by the body.
What is not taken up is completely inert in the gastrointestinal channel as opposed to non-absorbed free iron ions from nonheme iron, which are reactive and strongly irritating.
In clinical studies heme-iron therapy usually has placebo-level tolerance.
No failed therapies
There are considerably less potentially therapy-ruining side-effects. This is a major problem when it comes to non-heme iron supplements. It is very common that side effects force the therapy to be terminated and something else tried.
The last alternative when nothing else works is very expensive and inconvenient intravenously given iron since iron is absolutely vital to life.
No change in efficacy or tolerance over time
Heme-iron therapy can build up adequate iron storage in a natural and gentle fashion.
There is no change in tolerability or efficacy over longer time.
With non-heme supplements side-effects are usually, even after initial good tolerance, slowly accumulating until the therapy has to be discontinued.