Being tired is a common complaint regarding parenthood. Of course, there are things that happen during parenting that make us tired, like breastfeeding, sleep training, and general busyness, but being tired all the time is not necessarily “normal”.
Did you know, many people live their daily lives without enough iron in their system, and perhaps they don’t even know it? Having low ferritin (protein that stores iron) levels is fairly common, in fact, studies have shown that up to 25% of the world’s population suffers from low iron and that up to 8% of Canadian women have low iron stores.
The problem is that without enough iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin in red blood cells that enable them to carry oxygen. As a result, iron deficiency anemia kicks in and may leave you feeling tired, weak, and short of breath. Other side effects include headaches, chest pain, and in some extreme cases heart failure. Sound familiar?
There are some well-known risk factors for iron deficiency anemia. Some of the groups that are at greater risk include:
- Women of childbearing age
- Pregnant women
- Malnourished people with poor diets
- People who regularly donate blood
- Premature infants and children
- Vegetarians who don’t consume iron-rich foods
Iron deficiency anemia is a serious condition. However, it can be easily fixed with the right supplement. But how does one choose the right supplement when there are so many out there? We got some experts from Ferosom Forte, a clinically proven iron supplement brand, to break it down for you.
Can you get enough iron from your food?
Yes. Iron-rich foods include liver, sardines, beef, lamb, and chicken eggs for those who eat animal products. For vegans and vegetarians, iron can readily be found in lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, as well as cashews, and almonds, among other natural sources. Eating these foods is certainly a perfect way to fill your iron stores, but sometimes you may not be able to balance your diet in a way that gives you enough iron. Furthermore, some people find their body does not absorb iron from their food well, either from the effects of surgery, from having a disease that affects their digestive tract, or for some other reason.
In these instances, taking an iron supplement can be the key to good health. There are various types of iron supplements available, and it is always best to use the one that has high absorption and suits your body or as recommended by your health care practitioner. The common iron supplements are iron salts, iron complex, or heme iron. Most of these iron supplements have minimal absorption and are generally found with high elemental iron and can cause digestive problems. More iron does not equate to better absorption, which is what matters the most.
Ferosom Forte is not your average iron supplement, it’s a novel iron salt that provides similar results to certain doses of IV iron. It’s microencapsulated in Liposomal form, allowing for maximum bioavailability. Liposomal is a form that is easier for the body to absorb and allows more iron to get to the target area of the body. Liposomal supplements are also known to have fewer side effects and work better than other non-liposomal forms.
Additionally, Ferosom Forte has a patented LCE Coat, which acts like a supplement shield that protects it from stomach acids. This allows for the iron to be carried intact through the gastric system so it can be absorbed directly in the intestinal M-cells by endocytosis, the process in which cells take in substances by engulfing them in a vesicle. Since overloading of unabsorbed iron is the leading cause of side effects, Ferosom Forte’s LCE Coat allows for maximum absorption where you need it the most with minimal side effects.
Backed by science and approved by doctors, Ferosom Forte was formulated to offer higher absorption and minimal side effects than the 3 leading supplement types (Iron Salt, Heme Iron, and Iron Complex).
Ferosom is available in capsules and a delicious berry-flavoured sachet format. They are both easy to take. It will not cause your stomach to feel upset, and is suitable for vegetarians, as well as being gluten-free with no metallic taste, making it an ideal option for those seeking to raise and maintain proper iron levels.
Additional benefits of Ferosom Forte:
- Effectively treats iron deficiency and anemia with an absorption rate of up to 90%.
- Does not cause digestive side effects, like constipation or nausea.
- Supports energy production and helps prevent symptoms of low iron, including impaired thinking, fatigue, weakness, chest pain, headaches, shortness of breath, and heart failure.
- Improves your immune system and infection recovery.
- Helps to form red blood cells and helps in their proper function.
- Suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women as it helps balance iron levels for a healthy pregnancy and decreases risk of pregnancy complications.
- Ferosom Sachets are enriched with folic acid, and vitamins B12, B6, C, and D to help boost your immune system, metabolize nutrients, antioxidize the body, and prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
- Safe for patients of all ages, including children.
- Only one dose is required per day.
- The sachet can be dissolved in the mouth without water or taken with food or drink.
- The capsules are infused with Vitamin C for increased iron absorption and tissue repair.
Now that you know a little more about iron deficiency, take some steps to increase your iron levels and stop feeling tired all the time so you can keep up with your kids!
This post was sponsored by Ferosom Canada. BC parent believes this information is valuable to our readers.