How to find the right iron supplement for your body

Are you feeling tired and lethargic due to lacking iron? Iron helps your body produce energy, so if you’re lacking this important mineral you are more likely to feel exhausted and fatigued, which can ultimately affect how you interact and engage with people and how you live your life.

Finding the right iron supplement can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for, so here are three things to consider to help you decide the next time you need an iron replacement.

What’s in your supplement? 

When looking for your supplement, start by looking at how much real iron is actually in the product. The recommended daily intake is 7 mg/day in children aged 1-3 years, 10 mg/day in children aged 4-8 years, 8 mg/day in children and teens aged 9-13 years, 11-15 mg/day in teenagers aged 14-18 years, 8-18 mg/day in adults aged 19-50 years, and 8 mg/day in adults older than 51+ years.

Make sure to look at the amount of iron in the dose including any additional preservatives and if they are pregnancy / post-pregnancy / vegan-friendly, to help determine if this is the right supplement for you.

Are there any side effects?

A common question asked is ‘are there any side effects?’ Many products have side effects like upset stomachs, unwanted bowel movements, and nausea, so it is important to find supplements that are gentle on your body and are absorbed easily. Look for iron that comes in liquid form, because iron gluconate which is found in liquid supplements, is likely to be better absorbed and contains fewer side effects.

What does it taste like and is it easy to ingest?

It’s important to like the taste of your iron supplement if you will be ingesting it on the regular. There are a number of supplements available that taste delicious and are good for you, however, note there are also products that have metallic tastes and can give you irritable sensations, which can result in reflux or vomiting as a side effect. Also, consider how you are ingesting your iron – is it easy to take / can you have it on the go or do you need to drink water with it or does it need to be constantly refrigerated? These are questions to ask yourself before purchasing your daily iron supplement.

Iron plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system and helping oxygen reach your brain for concentration and reach your muscles for physical energy. So, when looking for iron supplements to help increase your vigour, make sure you understand what to look for when selecting the right product. Try including Iron Vital F+ Sachets to help reduce tiredness, fatigue, and exhaustion, and restore inner vitality, liveliness, and energy. Find the full range of our products here