Iron Supplements for Sensitive Stomachsby Cara Hayes Updated on
Traditional iron supplements often cause gastrointestinal discomfort, making it challenging for those with sensitive stomachs to maintain their iron levels effectively. This article delves into the science behind iron supplementation, explaining why normal iron irritates the stomach lining, and what you can do about it.
We'll also talk about how recent advancements in nanotechnology have paved the way for a much more stomach-friendly iron supplement. Nano Iron, with its smaller particle size, is designed to be gentler on the digestive system while ensuring efficient absorption of iron by the body.
Why Does Iron Irritate a Sensitive Stomach?
When conventional iron supplements like ferrous sulphate, ferrous gluconate, or ferrous fumarate are consumed, the body must first convert the iron into a form that can be absorbed. This process occurs primarily in the stomach and small intestine. During this conversion, the iron can react with other compounds in the stomach, leading to the production of free radicals. These free radicals can cause oxidative stress and inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which is what leads to symptoms like nausea, constipation, and stomach pain.