All about iron
Feeling exhausted? You may think it’s down to your busy lifestyle – but the real reason could be a shortage of iron. ‘Iron deficiency anaemia is the UK’s most common vitamin and mineral deficiency,’ says health expert Dr Dawn Harper. Signs include fatigue, pale skin and a racing heart. However, ‘many people don’t realise they’re suffering as symptoms are easy to mistake for everyday issues,’ says Dr Harper.
What is iron?
This essential mineral is a key component of haemoglobin, a protein inside red blood cells that carries oxygen round your body. ‘Iron also produces chemicals that transmit signals between brain cells, and helps to protect nerve fibres,’ says Dr Harper.
Are you getting enough?
Iron requirements vary according to age and gender. Women having monthly periods need 14.8mg daily; males aged 18-plus and women over 50 8.7mg. Those at risk of low iron include pregnant women, people with digestive disorders, and vegetarians and vegans with an unbalanced diet.
You’ll find iron in foods including pumpkin seeds, leafy greens and legumes. But it’s important it’s absorbed it properly. ‘Most people absorb only about 10 per cent of iron from their diet. Dietary components like milk can also hinder absorption,’ says Dr Harper. ‘However, combining iron-rich foods with vitamin C helps absorption.’
Try a supplement
If you’re low in iron, a supplement can help. Benefits associated include having greater energy and strength, a more effective immune system and better mental function, says new research†. All great reasons to try them.
Active Iron & B Complex Plus For Women, and Active Iron & B Complex Plus For Men are the first gender-specific iron with B-complex supplements, using Active Iron’s ground-breaking protein formula and the Active B Complex Plus targeted release system.
Active Iron & B Complex Plus For Women can help tackle tiredness and support hormonal balance.* Active Iron & B Complex Plus For Men is designed to boost energy levels and help men stay mentally fit.**
The targeted release system ensures optimum absorption of the vitamins and minerals. It’s formulated to be kind enough to take on an empty stomach and strong on absorption. So try Active Iron, to help you burst with energy again!
Disclaimer: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or under medical supervision consult your doctor before taking supplements. You should not exceed the recommended daily supplement of iron without consulting your diet or pharmacist.
†Solvotrin Iron Supplement Research in the UK, August 2018. *Iron, folic acid and vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. **Iron, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism in the body. Vitamin B5 contributes to normal mental performance.
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