Iron is one of the most abundant elements in nature – it comprises approximately 80% of the Earth’s core – and is also an essential mineral for human health. In humans, the main role of iron is to carry oxygen in blood throughout the body so cells can produce energy, but iron is also important for nervous system health, the synthesis of neurotransmitters and healthy immune system function.
A healthy balanced diet can provide iron, but individuals will absorb different amounts, depending on the type of iron they consume and their iron levels. Iron exists in foods in two main forms: haem iron, found in animal products, and non-haem iron derived from plant foods. Haem iron is better absorbed in the body, though there are many factors that can reduce iron absorption. Wholegrain cereals, meats, fish and poultry are the major contributors of iron intake in Australia. Generally, an individual will only absorb 18% of available iron from a typical Western diet, and just 10% from a vegetarian diet .
Herbs of Gold Organic Iron MAX contains iron as FerrochelTM (ferrous bisglycinate), an organic form of iron that is well-absorbed in the body and gentle on the digestive system. It also contains 250mg of vitamin C to support dietary iron absorption.
Organic Iron MAX supports blood health and assists the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin synthesis. Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that functions to carry oxygen around the body. Almost two thirds of the body’s iron is found in haemoglobin – in fact, haemoglobin is what gives blood its red colour!
Organic Iron MAX maintains iron levels in the body and help prevent a dietary iron deficiency. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans who may find it difficult to meet recommend dietary iron intake as well as for those with increased iron requirements, such as pregnant women and women with heavy menstrual cycles.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Dietary supplements should not replace a balanced diet.