SYNERGISTIC IRON BLEND
Ultimate Iron from Enzymatic Therapy contains
liquid liver fractions, a rich source of heme iron and is up to 33% more
absorbable than non-heme iron. The body can easily absorb heme iron to
better produce red blood cells and help prevent and treat anemia. Taking one
softgel of Ultimate Iron daily replenishes iron for vital energy and
Liquid Liver Fractions
(Predigested Soluble Concentrate)
Folate (Folic Acid)
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin C (Ascorbaic Acid)
Iron (Ferrous Succinate)
Soybean oil, gelatin capsule
(gelatin, glycerin), yellow beeswax,
lecithin, water, chlorophyllin
If pregnant, nursing, or taking
prescription drugs, consult a healthcare professional prior to
use. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a
leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. In case of
accidental overdose, call your physician or a Poison Control
Take 1 softgel per day with food.
Take a few hours before or after other medications.
Manufacturers of Therapeutic and clinical
strength nutritional supplements, Enzymatic
Therapy is the frequent choice and
recommendation of many Naturopathic Doctors and
other natural health care practitioners.
The most important function of iron is its role in the oxygen carrying
capacity of the blood...
What is Iron?
Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe. Biologically speaking, Iron
is an essential trace mineral found within all living organisms. The most
commonly studied and well-known compounds of iron within the human body are
the heme proteins, as in hemoglobin and myoglobin.
Iron uptake and storage is carefully regulated in the body. A protein called
transferrin which binds iron absorbed from the duodenum, and carries it to
the blood cells, is a major part of this regulation. Iron is stored in the
body as ferritin.
Functions in the body
One major function of iron protein compounds is the transport of gases, the
most important of which is oxygen. Hemoglobin (in the blood) and myoglobin
(found in muscle tissue) are dependent on iron for their ability to carry
oxygen to all of the body's tissues. Iron is necessary for biological
oxidation reactions (the transport of electrons). Iron is also an important
part of enzyme systems, processes that speed up chemical reactions in the
body, such as catalase and lipoxygenase.
Iron containing enzymes synthesize the brain chemicals serotonin and
dopamine. Serotonin regulates mood and appetite while deficient levels of
dopamine lead to diseases like Parkinson's. Iron also helps in the synthesis
of collagen and elastin, which provides structural stability to most tissues
and play a special role in maintaining elasticity in areas like the lungs
and skin. Iron containing enzymes in the liver, called cytochromes, mediate
the metabolism of many drugs. Carnitine carries fat into cells for use in
energy production and requires iron for its production.
Iron in our Diet
Iron is found in the diet in two forms; heme iron and non heme iron. Heme
iron is contained in animal products and considered to be more highly
absorbed than it's non-heme counterpart. Lean red meats are probably the
highest sources of this type of iron. Non-heme iron comes from vegetables,
grains and beans (plant sources).
Iron and Iron Deficiency
Iron deficiency, or iron deficiency anemia, can be caused by blood loss,
either large or continuous small losses, hypothyroidism and many long-term
illnesses like cancer. It can be caused (although less often) by low iron
intake, such as that of poor vegan and vegetarian diets. Menstruating women
are more likely to benefit from iron supplementation, especially those with
excess blood loss, as in menorrhagia. Gastro-intestinal conditions, such as
Crohn's and Colitis may impair absorption of iron, regardless of how much is
being consumed. There are also some medications that increase red blood cell
count and therefore may cause iron deficiency, if iron stores are not
concurrently 'stocked up'. Iron deficiency is very common during pregnancy.
Hypervolemia of pregnancy (increased blood volume) causes relative iron
deficiency. Iron deficiency can also be common in breast-fed or low iron
formula fed infants. Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include
fatigue, pale face, dry skin and brittle nails, constipation, headaches,
dizziness, loss of appetite and decreased immunity. Without iron, red blood
cells cannot carry enough oxygen to other cells in the body. Without this
oxygen, the cells cannot function properly. In severe cases of iron
deficiency, heart palpitations and breathlessness are observed, as these
cells fight for more oxygen.
The Dangers of too Much Iron
Although iron uptake (into cells) is heavily regulated, the human body has
no regulated means of excreting excess iron. This means we must be extremely
cautious with our supplemental iron intake. There is no need to supplement
with iron unless lab tests show your iron stores are low. Serum ferritin,
specifically, is a good indicator of the body's iron stores and is often
used to diagnose iron deficiency anemia. Iron acts as an oxidant, meaning
that it in excess amounts it floats freely through the body and can harm
tissue. It is literally toxic to the body when in excess, depositing in
organs such as the heart and liver, causing irreparable damage. High iron
levels are also implicated in cancer, probably due to oxidative injury to
the cell's genetic material. High iron levels can be fatal in children. In
addition, high levels of iron will reduce zinc absorption and cause
deficiencies in this mineral. Iron also prevents calcium absorption, and
should be taken away from calcium rich foods and calcium supplements.
Supplemental Iron: What you should know
Iron can be supplemented as a single nutrient in tablet, capsule or liquid
form. Iron can be found in the ferrous or ferric forms. The ferrous form, is
generally absorbed better. Iron supplements are then further subdivided into
sulfate, fumurate and gluconate forms. Organic iron is easier for the body
to absorb and generally does not cause constipation. It can be found as
ferrous fumarate or ferrous gluconate. Inorganic iron, such as ferrous
sulphate, often causes constipation and is a less favourable form for
supplementation. It is usually paired with B vitamins and other fruit or
vegetable juices that are high in nutrients, like vitamin C, that enhance
absorption. It is important to look at the Elemental iron content of these
supplements, as this will vary greatly from the size of the tablet or
capsule. Elemental iron is the iron that will be used by the body. An iron
capsule that is 325 mg, for instance, may consist of only 60 mg of elemental
Optimizing Iron Absorption
The absorption of iron can be decreased when calcium, magnesium, manganese
or zinc is taken at the same time as an iron supplement. Inorganic iron
inactivates vitamin E and should not be taken with vitamin E supplements.
Take a vitamin C tablet at the same time as your iron supplement because
vitamin C increases iron absorption in the intestines. Iron is absorbed in
an acidic environment. Supplementation of hydrochloric acid will increase
iron levels in individuals with low stomach acid. Do not take iron when you
have an infection because iron encourages the proliferation of bacteria.
Many medications decrease iron stores including cholesterol medications,
ulcer medication, antacids, some antibiotics and aspirin. If you know you
are iron deficient, keep foods high in oxalic acid to a minimum, such as
rhubarb, spinach, chard, beets, chives, parsley and chocolate. Coffee and
tannins found in tea can also inhibit iron absorption. Also make sure to
separate your iron supplement from any high fibre or calcium rich foods or
supplements, as these can also reduce absorption. Try to separate calcium
and fibre intake from iron intake by about 2 hours, if possible. This will
ensure there is little counteractive effects. Take iron supplements on an
empty stomach with vitamin C or a glass of orange juice, as this will help
to increase absorption, although may not be possible if iron causes stomach
upset. Consider cooking food in cast iron pots, as foods will absorb some of
the iron from the cookware.
How Much is Enough?
The average individual should aim to get anywhere from about 8 -45 mg of
iron daily. These smaller amounts can be obtained easily via diet. If you
suspect you are iron deficient, confirm your suspicions via blood work, but
do not supplement, aside from eating iron containing foods or taking a
simple multi, with higher dosages of iron until you know for sure.
Individuals who have been shown to be deficient are usually aiming to get
about 60-200 mg of elemental iron a day. Your doctor will confirm the
All iron supplements will cause your stool to become dark in colour, but
some people may also experience side effects which make it hard to follow
recommended dosages. An upset stomach and constipation are the most common
side effects of iron. Slowly working your way up to the recommended dosage
may help to alleviate these side effects.
Iron– QUICK FACTS
· Eggs, fish, liver, meat, poultry, green leafy vegetables, whole grains,
enriched bread and cereal products, blackstrap molasses, almonds, avocados,
beets, brewer’s yeast, millet, prunes, raisins, sesame seeds, soybeans.
· Fatigue, anemia, brittle hair, digestive disturbances, dizziness, hair
loss, nail deformities, pale mucus membranes, slowed mental functioning.
· Premenopausal females 15mg daily, Men and postmenopausal females 10mg
daily. (Clinical doses may be higher as recommended by your practitioner.
WORKS WELL WITH
· Vitamin C, vitamin B complex, copper, manganese, molybdenum, vitamin A,
· Do not take iron unless you are anemic.
· Do not take iron when you have an infection.
· Those with rheumatoid arthritis and cancer may be anemic despite adequate
amounts of stored iron in the body.
· Iron deficiency is common in people with candidiasis and chronic herpes