Allowed claims What you can claim of the optifer® products

What is a pharmaceutical drug?

In pharmacology, a drug is "a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being." Pharmaceutical drugs may be used for a limited duration, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders. (Wikipedia)

What can you claim for a pharmaceutical drug?

By definition a drug is used to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. (Wikipedia)

What is a food supplement?

A food or dietary supplement is a product intended for ingestion that contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet. (FDA)

What can you claim for a food or dietary supplement?

Some dietary supplements may help to ensure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients; others may help you reduce your risk of disease. (FDA)

This means you cannot claim for a food supplement to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease, such as anemia.

You can, however, treat iron deficiency, which affects many millions of people. In fact, in many countries, it is a huge problem.

The most common nutritional deficiency

Iron deficiency (sideropenia or hypoferremia) is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. (Wikipedia)

Untreated iron deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anemia— a common type of anemia. (Wikipedia)

There is, however, a lot to say about iron deficiency and what it can mean. The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA has accepted the following statements regarding iron and treatments of deficiency

  • Iron contributes to normal cognitive function
  • Iron contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin
  • Iron contributes to normal oxygen transport in the body
  • Iron contributes to the normal function of the immune system
  • Iron contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Iron has a role in the process of cell division
  • Iron contributes to normal cognitive development of children
  • Vitamin A contributes to normal iron metabolism
  • Vitamin C increases iron absorption
  • Meat contributes to the improvement of iron absorption when eaten with other foods containing iron
  • Vitamin B2 contributes to the normal metabolism of iron
What iron can do

Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin which means that Iron is essential to normal oxygen transport in the body.

Iron contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism which in due term leads to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue for people taking Iron.

Iron also contributes to the normal function of the immune system and has a role in the process of cell division which means that it improves the general health and cell renewal.

Heme iron is natural

Iron is highly important for the mental capacity as iron contributes to normal cognitive function and especially Iron contributes to normal cognitive development of children.

Protein contributes to the improvement of iron absorption and so does Vitamin C, that contributes to the normal metabolism of Iron.

Heme iron has a very high absorption capacity in the body due to the fact it is a natural food compound with an uptake of between 20 - 40 % in comparison to non-heme (synthetic) iron that has an uptake of only 1 – 4 %.

Side-effects can be unpleasant and may destroy the therapy itself

Side effects of therapy with oral (non-heme) iron are most often diarrhea or constipation and epigastric abdominal discomfort. (up to 30 %).

Taken after a meal, side effects decrease, but there is an increased risk of interaction with other substances. Side effects are dose-dependent, and the dose may be adjusted.

People sensitive to synthetic Iron that suffer from anemia will further suffer from bleeding in the intestines, constipation and/or diarrhea which may lead to further consequences.

With the use of Heme Iron supplementation the negative consequences of side effects from synthetic forms of iron are avoided and the anemia is successfully treated.

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FerroCare Division MediTec Group Division
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Created with images by Municipalidad de Miraflores - "Campaña de despistaje de anemia en la Institución Educativa Manuel Bonilla. (4)" • US Army Africa - "Medical Civic Action Program in Shinile Woreda, Ethiopia, 2010" • ann_jutatip - "child 3" • 383961 - "children girl boy"

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