Yes, Iron needs are increased during pregnancy because your body uses iron to make extra blood to transport oxygen for the mother and her baby during this time. The WHO recommends 30mg of daily iron during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimester.
Yes, Active Iron is suitable for vegetarians. Vegetarians are at higher risk of iron deficiency. Although a vegetarian diet will be high in iron rich foods, these plant-based sources of iron are poorly absorbed. This may be coupled with other potential absorption obstacles such as phytates in whole grains and legumes or tannins in tea and coffee. There is the equivalent of 17 cups of spinach in one capsule of Active Iron, that is a lot of iron to get from your diet alone.
Active Iron isn’t suitable for Vegans as it contains whey protein.
- Energy production
- Cognitive function
- Support the immune system
- Oxygen transport
- Formation of haemoglobin and red blood cells
The aluminium foil ensures that the last capsule is as fresh as the first. The packaging protects the encapsulated iron.
The denaturing of the protein removes the lactose making it suitable for people that are lactose intolerant.
Active Iron is better absorbed and better tolerated than other iron products.
Active Iron targets the site of iron absorption in the intestine, increasing the amount of iron absorbed and making more iron available to your body. This means there is less unabsorbed iron in the gut which protects it from inflammation and reactive oxygen species. Other iron supplements tend to dissolve in the stomach or the lower intestines causing negative side effects.
There are two types of iron, heme and non heme. Non heme iron is found in plants, nuts and legumes etc. This is absorbed at a much lower rate than heme iron, which is found in animal products such as meat.
Even if you are making a conscious effort to ingest more heme iron, other daily habits like drinking coffee after your meals can reduce iron absorption and therefore leave you low in iron.
Food supplements are not a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle.
Iron rich foods include:
- Red meat
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Dried fruits
- Fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
No, 14mg is equivelant to 100% of the Nutrient Reference Value. Research data shows that Active Iron was more than 2 times better absorbed than the market leading, oral iron products.
Iron that is not absorbed releases reactive oxygen species in the tissues of the gut causing irritation, leading to nausea, burping, cramping, constipation and diarrhoea. This is why we recommend our low dose but highly absorbed iron capsule over traditional iron.
Our research is carried out in Trinity College, Dublin. Active Iron has been researched against the leading products in the market.
Yes, it is sometimes recommended to take two capsules of Active Iron in a day.
Yes, Active Iron is safe to take during breastfeeding as supported by the information below.
The UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service states that iron supplementation can be used in during breastfeeding. There is no risk to the breastfed infant as very little iron passes into the breast milk. 
The specialist lactation source, Medications and Mothers’ Milk (2017) and The American Food and Nutrition Board also state that the amount of iron that passes into the breast milk is very low. . The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regard iron supplementation as safe in breastfeeding women. If a breastfed infant shows signs of unusual diarrhea and/or constipation and the mother is taking iron supplementation, this should be discussed with a Doctor or pharmacist.
NOTE: The information above relates to full term and healthy infants. If the infant is preterm, of low birth weight or has other medical problems, then the advice of a Doctor should be sought.
- References: UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service – Midlands Medicines. Trent and West Midlands. Safety in lactation: Oral iron, published 20th May 2012, updated 19th April 2016 Accessed at: www.sps.nhs.uk on 19/4/2017.
- Hale and Rowe. Medications and Mother’s Milk. 17th Edition, 2017.