What's the Best Way to Treat Iron-Deficiency Anemia?
Did you know that iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world but is one of the most important trace elements in our body?
And that’s not the most incredible thing about iron...
An estimated 80% of the world's population has a slight iron deficiency and one third has a serious deficiency, resulting in anaemia.
In our Western society, the following population groups have an increased risk: children; menstruating, pregnant and lactating women; athletes; the elderly; people with digestive problems; and people with a vegetarian or vegan diet.
What are Some Symptoms of Iron Deficiencies?
Some common symptoms of iron deficiency can be:
- Muscle weakness
- Increased tendency to fall
- Cognitive disorders
- Increased risk of degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's
- Chest pain, shortness of breath
- Brittle fingernails
- Sore tongue
- Cold extremities
Iron Deficiencies in Children
There is an increased need for iron in periods of growth and development. An iron deficiency in children is much more common than you think. This can cause complaints such as:
- Decreased concentration
- Sensitivity to inflammation
Iron Deficiencies and Anemia in Women
Women lose iron during menstruation. The amount depends on the extent to which blood is lost. As a result, there is a risk of an iron deficiency. Girls in puberty are particularly vulnerable because they are also growing. Women after menopause have significantly less chance of a deficiency.
Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Women who are Pregnant & Breastfeeding
From the second trimester of pregnancy there is an increased need for iron because a pregnant woman produces approximately 2 litres more blood. Extra iron is also needed for the production of the placenta and for the proper development of the nervous system of the unborn child.
Women lose blood in varying degrees during delivery, but miscarriage or curettage can also cause considerable blood loss. Breast milk is affected by the constituents of the mother's blood. If a woman is breastfeeding, the iron present is first made available to the baby.
Iron Deficiencies in Athletes
Athletes in general and endurance athletes in particular use a lot of oxygen to burn sugars and proteins in the muscles in order to provide the necessary energy. This means more iron is used and the need is higher. In addition, iron is lost through sweat and urine.
Iron Deficiencies in Vegetarians & Vegans
People with a vegetarian or vegan diet are more at risk of an iron deficiency. A daily vitamin C supplement is recommended because the levels of vitamin C in fruit and vegetables are much lower than is assumed.
Iron Deficiencies in People with stomach and Intestinal Complaints
Iron from food and the majority of existing iron supplements need good functioning of the stomach and healthy mucosa in the intestines in order to be absorbed into the body. Many people lack these, for example, those who suffer from leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, those who take stomach acid inhibitors (PPIs), those with gluten intolerance and celiac disease, Crohn's disease and other chronic bowel diseases. However, acute infections and other chronic conditions often also lead to a deficiency.
The elderly are less able to absorb iron from food. This is mainly due to reduced gastric and intestinal function and the frequent prescription of stomach acid inhibitors. Certain medications (especially NSAIDs) may cause daily blood loss through the stool and can therefore cause a deficiency.
What is the Best Form of Iron Supplement for Anemia or Deficiency?
Nano Iron has several clear advantages over other forms of iron.
- It is gentle on the stomach with no adverse effects on the microbiome, constipation or black stools
- Nano iron is tasteless and odourless, making it easy to administer to children and those sensitive to strong flavours or not wanting/able to take capsules.
- Nano iron is elemental (not bound to another substance) iron, dissolved in pure water.
- Nano iron works faster than any other form of iron.
- It is 100% absorbable by the body (from food the intake is on average 15%), absorbed through the mucous membranes
- Nano iron is therefore effective in low doses.
- Nano iron is free of added substances and therefore 100% pure.
- Nano iron cannot stack and is therefore 100% safe.
How is Nano Iron Different fron Regular Iron Supplements?
Almost all iron supplements on the market today are bound iron forms such as iron sulphate, iron fumarate and iron gluconate.
Iron sulphate is the cheapest form of iron but is very poorly absorbed by the intestines.
Iron fumarate is slightly better, but the uptake is still not optimal.
Both these offer major drawbacks that almost every user will recognize, namely nausea, black stools and constipation.
If you take these, the iron that is not absorbed remains in the intestines, causing all kinds of unpleasant complaints.
In addition, the unabsorbed iron affects the microbiome, causing your intestinal flora to become unbalanced, which can then cause a range of health problems. And candida yeast loves iron. It feeds on iron and this can lead to all sorts of candida complaints.
Iron gluconate is known as a more absorbable form. Side effects are fewer than with steel pills, but they certainly still occur.
So what's different about Nano Iron? Well, firstly nano iron contains only iron in its elemental form. Elemental simply means that the iron is not bound to another substance.
Secondly, the incredibly small size of the nano particles means it does not have to pass through the stomach and intestines when properly used. It is absorbed directly through the mouth cavity, where it can enter the bloodstream and cells quickly. The ultra-small iron particles have a bioavailability of 100%, so you need a lot less. No unpleasant side effects and no chance of excess accumulation!
Nano iron works super fast; often women feel a considerable difference after just a few days.
Doctors are sometimes amazed by the rapid rise in iron values. Because nano iron works so quickly, you can also take it for a short time, unlike other liquid supplements that must be used for at least 4 weeks.
Tiredness, dizziness and concentration problems due to an iron deficiency are therefore solved much faster without annoying side effects. Midwives use nano iron effectively for pregnant women or women who have recently given birth and who have lost a lot of blood, or after a miscarriage or curettage.
Nano iron contains no additives. It only consists of pure water and minuscule pure iron particles. Other liquid iron preparations may contain preservatives such as potassium sorbate (which may cause asthma, hives, nose colds and bowel disorders, among other side effects). These preparations may also contain gluten.
Adults with a deficiency:
- 30 ml (3 tablespoons) per day. Take before or after meals, in a clean mouth.
- Hold in the mouth for 30 seconds to 1 minute before swallowing.
- In the event of severe fatigue due to iron deficiency (iron deficiency anemia), heavy periods, or blood loss due to an accident or operation, the dose may be temporarily increased to 60 or 90 ml per day.
- Maintenance dose: 15 ml per day.
- 0-2 years: 5 ml per day (1 teaspoon)
- 2-6 years: 10-20 ml per day (1 to 2 tablespoons)
- 6-12 years: 20-30 ml per day (2 to 3 tablespoons)
- Women and pregnant / lactating women:
- In case of a deficiency: 30-60 ml per day (3 to 6 tablespoons), spread over
- 2 to 3 times a day, before or after meals. At 60 ml per day, the deficiency will be eliminated faster.
- Maintenance dose (preventive): 15 ml per day.
Note: Iron from food and supplements easily binds to substances in coffee, tea (black, green, rooibos), grains and dairy (tannic acid, phytic acid and calcium). This can also lead to a shortage of iron or an iron supplement not being absorbed. Vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron, as does vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin B2. Nano iron is readily absorbed into the mucous membrane of the mouth, reducing the chance of binding with other nutrients. For that reason, we recommend taking nano iron before or after meals.
The administration of a high-dose iron supplement can lead to an iron accumulation in the liver in the elderly. The dosage of nano iron is much lower and it is, therefore, a safe alternative. It is tasteless, colourless and odourless and therefore suitable for children, animals and people with swallowing problems.