Feeling Tired? You Might Need More Than Just A Good Night’s Sleep…
A lack of iron can result in symptoms from fatigue to anaemia, but Apothecary 27 offers some easy ways to boost this important mineral.
Iron is a mineral that carries oxygen through your body as part of your red blood cells. A lack of iron results in a low level of red blood cells, which then lowers the oxygen levels to your muscles and tissue. You may feel unusually tired, your skin may look pale (including the inside lower eyelids – if a doctor checks inside your lower eyelids, they may be investigating iron deficiency), you may experience headaches or breathlessness…and iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, which is a shortage of healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen around your body.
Iron deficiency can be a concern for vegetarians and vegans, as well as women who experience heavy periods. Children and adolescents often need higher levels of iron during growth phases as well. Iron supplements may be recommended by medical practitioners, but often they are accompanied by a laxative prescription, which indicates just what these pills will be doing to your insides.
BetterYou has launched Iron 10 Oral Spray, which offers a 10mg dose of bioavailable iron – sprayed into the mouth and absorbed directly into the bloodstream, this supplement avoids digestive issues altogether. It is sugar free and flavoured with natural pomegranate, and it is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, diabetics and coeliacs. And BetterYou’s Iron 10 packaging is made from 90% carbon-negative, plant-based plastic combined with 10% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Viridian’s Liquid Iron is a fave of Joe’s. This organic formula is extracted from Murraya koenigii leaves, combined with guava, lemon, holy basil and amla extracts for added vitamins B and C. In addition, Liquid Iron contains arctic wrack seaweed, acerola, nettle, dandelion, honey and orange oil. This nicely flavoured supplement can be taken by vegetarians and is gluten-free.
Christine has been using Floradix daily – at first she used it to combat general parenting exhaustion, but then she was diagnosed anaemic. This was compounded after a surgery last year left her in need of a blood transfusion. Iron levels are now a constant concern. Floradix offers a combination of iron and B vitamins to fight fatigue. The iron is from easily absorbed ferrous gluconate, with vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 helping to reduce tiredness and create red blood cells. Vitamin C is included to help the body absorb iron more efficiently. Selected herbs and fruit juices make for a pleasing taste for the liquid Floradix, and tablets are available as well. It is suitable for vegetarians and is dairy-free and lactose-free.