Iron Facts - Signs Of Low Iron and Other Information
Did you know that lack of iron is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the UK — only vitamin D status is worse — and the latest data
from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that current strategies are failing. Almost half the girls aged 11 – 18 (48%), and more than a quarter of women aged 19 – 64 (27%) are not achieving the minimum intake of iron recommended for good health. Having normal iron levels is important for energy as well as for prevention of tiredness and fatigue. In addition, maintaining normal iron levels is a major public health goal, particularly for women and young children. However, oral iron formulations remain poorly absorbed despite many decades of food fortification and supplementation. This has resulted in widespread use of poorly tolerated, high dose oral iron formulations.
Signs of low iron
Signs of a shortfall in iron are tiredness, lethargy, cold hands and feet, feeling short of breath, pale skin, heart palpitations, brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, frequent infections, restless legs syndrome, chest pain and a general feeling of weakness.
Are you at risk having low iron?
Iron intake can be a particular problem for women of childbearing age, who need twice as much daily iron, and are much more likely to have iron deficiency than men, despite having the same diet. A recent survey amongst 1,138 women in the British Isles shows that 9 out of 10 have experienced extreme tiredness. Of these, 3 in 10 have had to stop taking oral iron formulations because of side effects.
Most at risk:
- Women and girls who are menstruating; vegetarians and vegans; female athletes, people with inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and people who are obese.
- Frequent blood donors.
- The need for iron also increases in pregnancy.
What to do if you are low in iron?
If you experience any of the symptoms of low iron, your first action is to talk to your Health Care Professional about what is the best course of action for you.
Active Iron – Discover Your Best
Now scientists at Trinity College Dublin have developed a groundbreaking new method of delivering iron which improves absorption and eliminates gastrointestinal side-effects. The new technology uses iron-whey protein microspheres to ensure iron is released in the small intestine, where it is most readily absorbed, instead of the stomach where it causes oxidative stress and triggers gastric side-effects.
Clinical trials confirm the new Active Iron formulation doubles the amount of iron absorbed while being so gentle on the gastric system it can be taken on an empty stomach. Active Iron is tough on tiredness because its advanced formulation improves iron absorption. It is also kind on you because it helps to protect the gut from inflammation and damage. Unlike other formulations it is also gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. As Active Iron only uses denatured whey-protein and encapsulated ferrous sulphate - this means that it is suitable for vegetarians. Women can rest assure that they are achieving dietary targets and taking a form of iron that is well absorbed.
Let the results speak for themselves
"It has been lifechanging. I'm telling all my friends about Active Iron. I've been taking it for two months now and I feel incredible. I used to be tired all time, now I feel so energetic. Excellent!"
We are constantly talking to women about the impact of tiredness on their lives. We love hearing from women who have taken Active Iron, and the positive impact it has had on them.