SpaTone is 100% Natural!
Spatone is a naturally occurring iron-rich mineral water which is collected and packed straight from the source in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. We collect it, we filter it for bacteria and we fill it into our convenient, easy-to-open sachets. At no stage do we add anything to the water or convert the water's natural composition. That means with Spatone you don't have to worry about other ingredients causing adverse reactions or complications.
How do I take Spatone?
Spatone is ideally taken in the morning on an empty stomach diluted in orange juice. Please allow 30 - 45min before having coffee or tea, or eating breakfast. You can also take Spatone between meals or as the last thing at night before going to sleep.
How much iron does the human body need?
The body's daily need for iron is about 2mg for women and 1-1.5mg for children and men. However, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for iron intake is approximately 14mg. This is because the RDA is based on the relatively poor iron absorption from foods. Typically only 5-20% of the iron in foods is actually absorbed.
Is Spatone suitable for diabetics?
Spatone is a 100% natural spa water with a high content of elemental iron. It therefore has no added ingredients such as sugars or glucose. It is unlikely that Spatone will interact with your diabetic medication. Do check with your doctor if you have any concerns regarding your energy levels or symptoms related to iron deficiency.
Will Spatone stain my teeth?
No, providing teeth are cleaned regularly. Tannin in tea not only inhibits iron absorption, it can also cause tooth stain. It reacts with iron, turns it brown or black and can stick to dental plaque. Just look inside a tea pot for an extreme example of tannin staining. Regular brushing stops any staining but use of tooth whitener or stain remover may be recommended in extreme cases of staining. Please speak to your dentist for professional advice on teeth staining.
Who is more susceptible to iron deficiency?
Although most people go through periods when they might require extra iron, there are those who tend to have a higher propensity. These include:
Women in their child bearing years
Trying to balance work, play and family can place huge demands on women during this time of their lives. It takes a lot of energy to get through their hectic routine, so it's no surprise to find out that 91% of UK women are iron deficient.1 In fact, it's the one mineral that women need more than men.
Heavy menstrual periods can also increase iron requirement over the current 12-15 mg/day, so women need to ensure their diet is iron-rich or take an iron supplement.
Pregnant and post-natal women
Given that iron requirement can double or even triple during the second and third part of pregnancy, this could be why 61% of first time expectant mums experience extreme tiredness in maternity.2 Due to this exceptional demand, sometimes diet alone cannot meet the body's need and that is why iron supplementation is required. Post-natally, this need continues as women can suffer from fatigue often due to loss of blood during birth and lactation. It is therefore vital to replace it not only to boost energy levels, but to aid the production of milk.
Iron is needed constantly to maintain the brain's growth from birth to adulthood, so it is essential that a child receives the correct level of iron to ensure that this occurs effectively. Something that's much easier said than done! It's common knowledge that vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are packed with iron, but as any parent knows, trying do get a kid to eat their greens can be near impossible. This is why taking an iron supplement can be very important.
With growth spurts, poor dietary choices i.e. fast food, weight loss diets and high activity levels, teenagers really are at high risk of iron deficiency. Teenage girls need to pay particular attention, as their iron stores are depleted each month following menstruation.
Researchers have discovered that teenage girls who suffer from iron deficiency many also have a low IQ. A study by researchers at King's College, London, found a significant link between low haemoglobin levels and poor mental performance. However, this is not a condition that affects just girls. Between ages 13 and 16 boys develop the risk for iron deficiency as their iron intake simply cannot keep up with their rapid speed of growth.
Although vegetarians tend to be very healthy and are sensible about obtaining the right levels of vitamins and minerals, giving up meat suddenly can cause problems - one of the biggest being iron deficiency. Since the type of iron found in red meat is particularly well absorbed by the body, non-meat eaters have to be careful about their iron levels.
Athletes and the physically active
The iron needs of those partaking in regular, intense exercise can be 30% greater than those who do not exercise. This is often attributed to extra losses in sweat and a greater turnover of red blood cells. These red blood cells contain approximately 70% of our total iron, which is vital to maximising oxygen delivery and therefore crucial in achieving peak physical performance.
As we all grow in age our capacity to absorb iron diminishes, so it comes as not surprise to know that as many as 1 in 4 people over 50 are estimated to have low iron levels. This, coupled with a sometimes poorer appetite, can lead to a less than ideal iron level. With our immune system weakening with age and therefore becoming more prone to infection, it is essential
that we keep our iron levels up. This helps the natural defence system of the body and is required for the development of cells which fight off bacteria.
Conditions where iron deficiency could be an under-lying cause
TATT (Tired all the Time) is a common complaint made to GP's by the British public with a survey revealing that 20% of men and 30% of women admit to always feeling tired3. Research published in the BMJ4 took 136 women and demonstrated that by taking a simple iron supplement, energy levels can be increased and general fatigue decreased.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition which involves a burning, creepy crawly feeling from inside the legs that produces an irresistible urge to move. With 25-50% of patients with iron deficiency suffering from RLS symptoms5, it has recently been confirmed that a likely cause of RLS is iron deficiency in the brain.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Research published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine discovered that an incredible 85% of children with ADHD had low iron levels whereas only 18% of children without the condition were low in iron. Affecting between 3 and 5% of the school age population and generally estimated to be 3 or 4 times more common in boys, ADHD can affect children in various ways, such as attention difficulties, hyperactivity, impulsivity, temper tantrums, confrontational defiant behaviour, dyslexia, severe clinical depression and anxiety disorders6. For some, there is remission during puberty, but for others, the condition, if untreated, continues to blight their adult life.
Temporary hair loss or thinning can be linked to iron deficiency7, which is why supplementation can be vital to those experiencing such symptoms.
How does one sachet of spatone compare to iron rich food?
One sachet of spatone contains the same amount of iron as the following:
Meat and Fish Dairy Beef - 1lb 2oz • Cooked Kidney - 3.2oz
Rice, Beans, Oats and Bread Brown Rice - 17lb 11oz • Lentils - 4lb 7oz
Fruit and Veg Boiled Spinach - 2lb 3oz • Broccoli - 8lb 13oz
Dried Fruits and Nuts Raisins - 2lb 3oz • Peanuts - 4lb 7oz
Dairy Eggs - 14lb 2oz • Cheddar Cheese 2lb 3oz
Source of Spatone
For two hundred years the iron-rich waters of Trefriw Wells Spa located in the heart of the beautiful Snowdonia mountains in North Wales have been bottled and used by people around the world as a natural iron supplement.
For millions of years a natural spring of iron-rich mineral water fed a secret cave deep within the beautiful Snowdonia mountains. But the mountain couldn't hold on to its secret for long!
The Trefriw Wells Spa was first discovered by Romans from the XX Roman legion stationed at Canovium, 3 miles north of Trefriw whilst mining for sulphur in the Snowdonia mountains around 100-250 AD.
The next piece of information we have dates back to around 1700 where the spa was extensively used by local inhabitants until a landslip covered the entrance to the cave of the Trefriw Wells.
The cave was re-excavated in 1733. The iron-rich waters were later used to bathe in. In 1833 Lord Willoughby de Eresby built the Cyclopean Bath House. This was to cater for the greater number of people visiting the spa.
Ownership of the spa passed from public to private in 1873. The Victorian pump room and bathhouse was built. For the first time the spa water was sold commercially.
During 1875 – 1959 Spatone Iron+ was bottled and became so popular it was sent all over the world by mail order. Even places like Central Africa, Australia, and the Americas as well as all over Europe.
Free prescriptions given to all UK citizens under a NHS reform during the years 1959 – 1971 lead to the Spa falling into disrepair. The reform contributed to the temporary demise of many spas throughout the UK.
The spa was restored and opened as a B&B in 1972 due to a renewed interest in natural health remedies among many members of the public. The Trefriw Wells Spa got opened as a tourist attraction and the water started to be sold once again as Trefriw Wells Roman Spa Water.
In 2003, Nelsons became the new owner of the Trefriw Wells Spa. The previous product Spatone Iron+ was re-launched under the brand name Spatone. Thanks to Nelsons, Spatone, 100% natural iron supplement is today available not only within the UK but also internationally.
Simple tips to help the absorption of iron
The absorption of Iron can be greatly improved when a few things are considered. The following tips include foods and ingredients which inhibit or enhance the absorption of iron and are thus recommended to be either avoided or actively cosumed when taking iron supplements such as SpaTone:
• Avoid drinking tea or wine within 30 - 45min of taking iron supplements such as Spatone. The tannin in both these drinks can bind iron which prevents iron absorption in the stomach. Phosphates in fizzy drinks can have the same effect.
• Leave 30 - 45min between the consumption of iron supplements such as Spatone and milk (e.g. in cereal). One glass of milk (contains ~ 165mg of calcium) can reduce the absorption of iron by more than half!
• The same applies to dairy products (e.g. yoghurt) and Vitamin and Mineral supplements high in calcium.
• Phytates in cereal can also inhibit iron absorption. Leave a 30 - 45min gap between the consumption of cereal and iron supplements such as Spatone.
• Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is well known to assist the absorption of iron- that's why we recommend to dilute Spatone in a glass of orange juice.
If you can't tolerate orange juice try apple, mango or pineapple juice.
Some drugs may inhibit the absorption of iron and iron can in turn inhibit the absorption of some drugs. Here are a few examples but please do remember to always double check with your pharmacist or during pregnancy with your midwife.
Drugs that may inhibit iron absorption:
• Magnesium salts (oral)
Drugs whose absorption can be inhibited by iron: