THORNE'S COMPLETE BLOOD BUILDER: FERRASORB
FERRASORB BY THORNE RESEARCH COMBINES IRON,
B12, AND FOLIC ACID to provide a complete blood building formula. Each of
these nutrients is dependant upon the other for creating new red blood
cells. Containing 30mg of iron bisglycinate Ferrasorb is well absorbed and
will not cause constipation. Individuals who suffer from iron deficiency
will benefit from using Thorne's Ferrasorb. [CAPSULE]
Iron (Iron (II)
L-Leucine, Silicon Dioxide
in a Hydroxypropyl
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B12, and Iron Supplement
blood building effect
absorbed, non-constipating iron
Creates new red blood cells
1 capsule daily or as
recommended by a healthcare practitioner. Take with food.
Take a few hours before or after taking other medications.
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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 bodyOne 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 DietIron 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). There are some natural ways to increase iron absorption,
especially important if you are eating mostly non-heme iron sources. Making sure
to pair iron rich foods (heme or non-heme) with foods rich in vitamin C is one
such way. Vitamin C can significantly improve iron absorption. See below for
more ways to optimize iron absorption.
Iron and Iron DeficiencyIron 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 IronAlthough 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 is 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 knowIron 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 (there are always exceptions to these rules) 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 table 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 (from
food sources of iron, as well!). 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 (men and post-menopausal women fall at the lower end of this scale).
These smaller amounts can be obtained easily via diet. If you suspect you are
iron deficient, by all means, confirm your suspicions via blood work, but do not
supplement, aside from eating the aforementioned 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 dosage you should be aiming for through
Side EffectsAll iron supplements will cause your stool to become dark in color, 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.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS· Fatigue, anemia, brittle hair, digestive disturbances, dizziness, hair
loss, nail deformities, pale mucus membranes, slowed mental functioning.
OPTIMUM DOSAGE· 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,
IMPORTANT INFORMATION· 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