Iron… without the clog please!

NutriDoc’s Iron Amino-Sorb is a highly absorbed, potent iron complex comparable to any other practitioner grade iron supplement.

This complex features Ferrochel® Iron Bisglycinate, possibly the worlds most researched iron form and globally accepted as very highly absorbed.  The bonus there being that the iron is taken up by your digestive tract rather than not being absorbed and sitting in the bowel clumping into, well, a plug! A generous 27mg per tablet makes this a serious iron supplement. Dong Quai & Red Raspberry have been used traditionally as blood tonics and both show potential for aiding iron absorption and systemic utilisation. Folate and B12 of course aid with red blood cell maturity and health. Synergistic amounts are included in this formula at levels that generally will not interfere with concurrent patient treatment.

The vast majority of uses for Iron Amino-Sorb are based on correcting iron deficiencies. These are common in the western world and normally difficult to reverse as iron is so poorly absorbed by the human gastrointestinal tract. Some but not all, signs of iron deficiency can be; fatigue, poor hair growth, mouth ulcers, a red, sore, smooth tongue, and angular stomatosis (cracks in the corners of the Mouth). Iron concentrates in the liver as ferritin and is required for the oxygenation of tissues due to its incorporation into the hemoglobin molecule.

Conditions relating to iron deficiency include;
Cardiovascular System: iron deficiency anemia or hypoferric anemia1, arrhythmias and malformed red blood cells2.
Nervous System: Aggressiveness3, anxiety, ADHD4, poor attention span5 and frequent headaches. Insomnia, impaired learning ability6 and restless leg syndrome have also been linked to low levels of ferritn specifically7.
Respiratory System: cystic fibrosis and frequent bouts of the common cold8.
Skin/Hair/Nails: Hair Loss may also occur as a result of Iron deficiency9.

Are there any potential side effects or precautions?
If pregnant or lactating, consult your physician before taking this product. Orally, iron can cause G.I. upset, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting. Adverse G.I. effects are uncommon at doses below the tolerable upper intake level (UL) of 45 mg per day. Consult your physician for more information.
WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call your doctor or poison control centre immediately.

What about potential drug interactions?
Iron supplementation can decrease the absorption of certain medications, including bisphosphonates, levodopa, levothyroxine, methyldopa, mycophenolate mofetil and certain antibiotics. Consult your physician for more information.

References:

1. Izaks, G. J., et al. The definition of anemia in older persons. JAMA. 281:1714-1717, 1999.
2. Schoelen, C. Minerals: the building blocks of the body. New Editions Healthworld. November/December 1994:20-28.
3. Werbach, M. R. Nutritional influences on aggressive behavior. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. 7(1), 1995.
4. Konofal, E., et al. Iron deficiency in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 158(12):1113-1115, 2004.
5. Seely, D., et al. Links between ADHD and environmental pollutants: implications for preventative naturopathic clinical practice. Townsend Letter. February/March 2009.
6. Oski, F. Iron deficiency in infancy and childhood. New England Journal of Medicine. 329:190-193, 1993.
7. Sadrzadeh, S. M., et al. Iron and brain disorders. Am J Clin Pathol. 121(Supplement):S64-S70, 2004.
8. Kirilenko, N. P. [Iron reserves in the female body and susceptibility to colds.] Gematol Transfuziol. 38(9):13-15, 1993.
9. Rushton, D. H., et al. The importance of adequate serum ferritin levels during oral cyproterone acetate and ethinyl oestradiol treatment on diffuse androgen-dependent alopecia in women. Clin Endorinol. 36:421-427, 1992.