Why Sensilab Essentials Iron?
Common forms of iron supplements (iron sulfate, iron citrate) come with some unwanted side effects and problems, like:
- Unpleasant metallic aftertaste
- Irritation of the digestive tract, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach cramps etc.
- Poor bioavailability and absorption – to minimise the other two side effects, iron supplements are often taken with food, which can decrease iron absorption by as much as 66%.
Sensilab Essentials Iron supplement contains chelated iron (iron bisglycinate) which has superior bioavailability to other commonly used forms - 4 times higher absorption* (even when iron-blocking foods are present!), and thus a higher efficacy!
Our premium high-potency formula contains 40 mg of iron which represents 286% of your daily needs.
Compared to other forms of iron, iron bisglycinate does not dissolve in the gut, meaning it is less irritating to the digestive tract! So side effects are extremely rare.
Sensilab Essentials Iron also contains vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate, a non-acidic, stomach-friendly form of vitamin C that increases iron absorption and contributes to better function of the immune and nervous systems, while helping you fight tiredness and fatigue.
Sensilab Essentials Iron supplement contributes to:
- Normal formation of blood cells and haemoglobin
- Normal oxygen transportation in the body
- The normal function of the immune system
- Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- Normal cognitive function
- The process of cell division
You might not be getting enough iron
Foods like cereals (including bread), meat, fish, legumes, vegetables and fruit are our main sources of iron. However, iron absorption is inhibited by phytic acid and polyphenols (in plant-based food), calcium and some milk and egg proteins, meaning not all iron gets absorbed and used. So we don’t necessarily get enough iron even through a healthy and varied diet.
In fact, almost 25% of the global population suffers from iron deficiency-related anaemia. Anaemia is the most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world and the only one still prevalent in industrialised countries.
The minimum recommended daily intake for iron is 14 mg, which can be consumed by eating:
- 520 g of fresh spinach or
- 300 g of oats or
- 15 eggs or
- 700 g grass-fed beef
What causes iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency develops gradually over time and usually arises when:
- Iron stores are low
- Iron intake is suboptimal (like on a plant-based diet)
- Iron absorption is hindered (by GI issues)
- Iron requirements are elevated (pregnancy, menstruation, donating blood)
Symptoms of iron deficiency
The most common symptoms of iron deficiency include:
- Tiredness and general lack of energy
- Decreased physical and mental ability/performance
- Paleness of the skin
- Weak immune system
- Shortness of breath
- Brittle nails and hair loss …
Who needs an iron supplement?
Groups with the highest risk of developing iron deficiency and anaemia, and people who could highly benefit from taking 40 mg of iron a day are:
Anaemic people – people suffering from iron-deficiency anaemia, where iron stores are used up and there’s significant loss of red blood cells.
Menstruating women – women of childbearing age, especially during their periods are more prone to a reduced number of blood cells, feeling fatigued and having a decreased mental and physical performance (reduced work capacity).
Pregnant women – during pregnancy, the body’s needs for iron almost double, and iron deficiency anaemia is more common during pregnancy.
Teenagers – due to rapid growth spurs, anaemia is common in growing children and especially teenagers.
People over the age of 60 – older age is often associated with poor nutrition and a higher risk of inadequate iron intake that can lead to anaemia.
Physically active people and athletes – physical activity can lower iron levels and increase the body’s needs for iron, so taking supplements is recommended in highly active individuals.
Vegans and vegetarians – as iron from plant sources has a lower bioavailability and vegan or vegetarian diet is rich in iron absorption inhibitors, supplementing can be vital.
People with GI issues – poor iron absorption or gastrointestinal bleeding can cause iron deficiencies in people with celiac disease, IBS or IBD.