OptiFer: Quick Iron Facts
- There are 2 types of iron supplements
- Heme iron which is derived from meat and poultry
- Non-heme iron from vegetables, dairy and chemically bonded
- Your body prefers Heme Iron
- Heme iron is the preferred iron source which is absorbed more efficiently
- Non-heme iron needs to be broken down and converted to a usable form of iron. This process tends to leave free iron ions causing gastrointestinal side effects such as constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps
- Heme iron has been used for more than 20 years
- No serious side effects or iron poising’s ever reported from over millions of users
- Heme iron will be absorbed in almost any situation
- Non-heme iron absorption is often effected by food, drinks such as coffee, tea and other medications
- Absorption of heme iron starts at the beginning of the intestine. This is especially beneficial for people with short gut
- There is no substitute for Iron
- Iron is used by your body to form red blood cells
- Red blood cells help transport oxygen throughout the body
- It takes time to replenish your iron stores takes
- This process can take a few months
- People with ongoing blood loss which cannot be corrected (such as heavy menstrual periods) may need to continue taking iron supplements indefinitely.
For more information on heme-based iron check out this great article by Optifer.
Medicinal Ingredient: Elemental Iron 11 mg (Heme Iron)
Non-medicinal Ingredients: Di-Calcium Micro-crystalline cellulose, Modified food starch, Magnesium salts, Talc, Silicon dioxide,Ethyl cellulose, Iron oxide, Carnauba wax
Take with food. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications.
Adults: Take 1 tablet 3 times daily or as recommended by your health care professional.
Pregnant Women: Take 1 tablet 3 times daily or as recommended by your health care professional.