Are Nôgel's iron food supplements suitable during pregnancy?

Yes, Nôgel’s iron food supplements are suitable for pregnant women. Iron bisglycinate has high absorption and does not cause gastrointestinal side effects. Because constipation during pregnancy is a problem for many women due to slower metabolism, it is good to choose iron in bisglycinate form when picking an iron food supplement. Like other iron salts, a lot of research has been done about using iron bisglycinate during pregnancy and in infants, and iron bisglycinate has been used in food supplements for a long time already.

Can children use Nôgel's iron food supplements?

Yes, Nôgel’s iron food supplements are suitable for adults and children from age 12. It is easier to give iron in syrup form to very small children. It all depends on the child´s iron stores and the physician´s recommendation in case of iron deficiency anemia.

Do Nôgel's iron food supplements contain vitamin K?

Nettle and nettle extract can be found in several iron food supplements, so nettle is already a well-known ingredient in iron food supplements. Nettle contains vitamin K. Vitamin K can also be found in parsley and other herbs, also in sauerkraut, Brussels sprouts, spinach, wheat germ, cauliflower, soy flour, broccoli, rapeseed oil, rosehip berries, cabbage, wheat bran, potatoes, oats, corn, peas and beans. So vitamin K can be found in many different foods. However, eating vitamin K regularly in large amounts can cause blood clotting. However, natural vitamin K is not related to toxic amounts and quickly exits the body. Our iron food supplements have been tested in the laboratory for vitamin K. In order to get 100% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin K (in Estonia it is 75 micrograms) from Nôgel´s iron food supplements 30/60 mg, you would have to eat about 37/107 pills and even then it is only 100% of the daily recommended dose, not a dangerous amount. One pill contains only 2/0.67 micrograms of vitamin K, which is 2.7/0.9% of the daily recommended dose. Iron syrup 10 ml contains less than 7 micrograms of vitamin K, which in Estonia is less than 9% of the daily recommended dosage. Read more about vitamin K from HERE.

Is chlorella suitable during pregnancy?

It is recommended to take 5-10 g of chlorella daily for an effective detox. Nôgel’s iron food supplements contain only very small amount of chlorella. In Asia, it is recommended to use chlorella to prevent iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy. It has also been found that breastfeeding women, who regularly use chlorella, have less dioxins in their breast milk. These are only some examples. There’s no need to be afraid of the little chlorella in the supplements.

Does Nôgel's iron food supplements contain iodine?

No, Nôgel’s iron food supplements have been tested in the laboratory and do not contain iodine.

Are carnauba wax and palm oil the same thing?

No, carnauba wax comes only from the leaves of a palm tree Copernicia prunifera wild harvested in Brazil. Palm oil comes from the pulp of oil palms and it is due to new oil palm plantations that large areas of rain forest are being cut down. Palms producing carnauba wax grow only in Brazil and to get the wax, leaves are shaken, trees are not cut down. These are two different trees.

How much iron should I take?

The recommended daily allowance in Estonia for adults is 14 mg and 8-15 mg for children, depending on their age. Ferritin levels describe the body’s level of iron stores the best – low ferritin levels are always a sign of iron deficiency. There can be different reference values for ferritin between different laboratories but a result of < 12 μg/L almost always indicates iron deficiency. According to some opinions, iron deficiency can also be diagnosed with a result of < 22 μg/L. It is recommended to check your body´s iron stores – ferritin levels – before using iron food supplements. In addition, hemoglobin and hematocrit should also be checked. Now there is also a new way for diagnosing iron deficiency and that is checking for transferrin soluble receptors. Unlike ferritin, transferrin soluble receptors are not influenced by related illnesses. Increased amount of transferrin soluble receptors indicates iron deficiency. Too much iron can be harmful, so iron food supplements should not be used as a preventive measure. For a healthy person, excess iron exits the body. In case of an existing iron deficiency anemia, it is often not enough to consume 30 mg a day and it is usually necessary to take iron in bisglycinate form 60-120 mg a day. Depending on the person, hemoglobin levels usually normalize in 6-8 weeks. For filling up iron stores, it is recommended to take iron supplements for an additional 3-4 month period. In case of latent iron deficiency (blood test is still normal, but body´s iron stores are low), it is enough to consume 30-40 mg of iron a day in iron bisglycinate form for 3-4 months. It is recommended to take iron twice a day at different times in order to increase iron absorption rather than bigger amount once a day. It is advised to start with 320 mg of iron a day and increase the daily intake in a couple of weeks’ time to let the body get used to iron. Before using iron food supplements, consult with a physician or a midwife. It is recommended to use iron food supplements only if necessary. If you have used iron food supplements before in the form of iron sulphate, citrate, fumarate or gluconate and your daily intake has been 100-300 mg, it is recommended to take 60-120 mg of Nôgel´s iron food supplement a day, i.e. about half the amount. There is no point in getting a new blood test done before 6-8 weeks’ time because filling up iron stores takes time. Giving blood on a regular basis also decreases the body´s iron stores. In case you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to hello@nogelorganics.com

What is the difference between iron bisglycinate and other iron salts?

Absorption of iron bisglycinate is very high, different studies have shown absorption up to 90%. For example, the absorption of iron sulphate and fumarate is around 28%. Scientific studies have found that iron in bisglycinate form absorbs 2-4 times better than iron sulphate and fumarate. Iron bisglycinate is also gentle on the stomach – it does not cause gastrointestinal side effects like constipation, abdominal pain and nausea. Read more about iron bisglycinate and other iron salts HERE.

How to take Nôgel's iron food supplements?

Nôgel’s iron food supplement should be consumed with liquid (i.e. water, lemon juice, orange juice) and preferably on an empty stomach to increase absorption. Children´s iron syrup can be used directly preferably on an empty stomach. For very small babies and toddlers, syrup can be mixed with food (not to consume calcium at the same time).

Detailed ingredient list

You can find all ingredients of iron food supplements from here.