The regular iron supplements today are synthetic and often produce gastrointestinal side-effects which in many cases terminate the important therapy. Modern women often eat a varied diet and lives healthily. Despite this iron deficiency is more common today than 50 years ago. This is mainly because women eat less in total and comparatively less heme iron.
There are two kinds of dietary iron: the inorganic iron found in vegetables and as enrichment or supplements and organic iron also known as hemoglobin or heme iron, found in meat courses.
Only two forms of bio-available iron, Heme and Non-heme
Hemoglobin/Heme iron is found in meat, poultry or fish and non- heme iron from vegetables, dairy products or chemically bonded iron in synthetic supplements.
Heme iron is taken up efficiently as a whole structure.
Heme iron is taken up along the whole gastro- intestinal tract (not only the first part) and, unlike non-heme iron, absorption is not affected by other chelating components of the diet such as phytates, tannates and phosphate.
Different iron salts and other synthetic/artificial chemical iron compounds are used in the regular supplements with mixed results. This iron is called non-heme. The uptake is only 2-4 % and there are often tolerance problems.
Heme iron uptake is 20 - 40 % and is not affected by simultaneously ingested food, drink or medication. It will also not block the uptake of zinc as non-heme iron in doses over 60 mg will.
In clinical studies heme iron always shows exceptional tolerance and efficacy. Much better than non-heme chemical/artificial supplements.
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