WHY IS IRON IMPORTANT AND WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY?

Iron is a part of hemoglobin. The role of hemoglobin is to transport oxygen in the body. Low iron levels in the body can cause fatigue, weakness, feeling short of breath, pale skin, palpitations, dizziness, irritability and, in case of severe iron deficiency, even chest pain. There are many different symptoms and having a certain sympton does not always imply iron deficiency.

 

Iron deficiency is very common nowadays and high-risk groups include women in fertile age, pregnant women, the elderly and also children. People who tend to consume too much dairy products also have the risk of developing iron deficiency due to calcium being one of the main inhibitors of iron absorption.

 

 

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DOSAGE

It is best to take iron food supplements (divalent iron like iron bisglycinate) in the morning on an empty stomach – then absorption is the best. For some people iron may cause nausea, therefore, you can also take iron with light meal (avoid dairy, coffee and tea). This, however, may weaken the absorption. Children´s iron syrup and Iron 30 mg can be used starting from 6 months. Read more about dosage from HERE.

 

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Avoid taking iron with these foods: Coffee, tea, dairy and foods rich in calcium. Caffeine, tannin, calcium and also casein (dairy protein) can significantly affect iron absorption. You should wait for 4 hours between taking iron and thyroid hormone thyroxine. You can take iron supplements with water or juice (juice neutralizes iron taste) – all products contain optimal level of vitamin C for better absorption of non-heme iron, at the same time decreasing the amount of oxidative stress (amount of free iron).

Avoid coffee, tea, dairy and foods rich in calcium 1 hour before and 2 hours after iron supplementation (also in case of iron rich food).

 

HOW MUCH IRON A DAY?

In Estonia, the recommended daily dosage for men is 10-11 and for women 10-15 mg, during pregnancy 15 mg (it is possible to compensate 50% of iron need during pregnancy from food, but the rest has to come from iron stores or supplements) and for children 8-15 mg. In case of low iron stores in the body, it is not sufficient to consume daily recommended dosage. In that case, iron is consumed regularly and in greater amounts. Before using iron food supplements, it is advised to check blood ferritin level in addition to other iron related tests and consult with a physician or a midwife. Read more about dosage from HERE.

 

ADULTS

10-15 MG

 

PREGNANT WOMEN

15 MG

 

CHILDREN

8-15 MG

 

IRON PILLS´ INGREDIENTS

 

CHILDREN´S IRON SYRUP´S INGREDIENTS

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