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Oct222011

Supplement Spotlight: Amino-Iron

Do you often feel tired, weak or headachy?  When you do a hand check, are your nails thin, flat or spoon-shaped?  These are a few symptoms of low iron, or iron deficiency, which is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world!  As we become more active and/or grow, our need for iron increases. Yet, we may not be able to get sufficient amounts through diet alone.  If you are feeling symptoms of low iron, or if you are very active on a daily basis, consider adding Amino-Iron to your nutrition plan. 

How does Amino-Iron™ impact health?

Amino-Iron™, provided by Douglas Laboratories®, is a patented, nutritionally functional iron amino acid chelate (iron bis-glycinate).   It is a pharmaceutical grade product for individuals wishing to increase their intake of iron and is known for its excellent tolerability and low toxicity.  Iron is one of the world’s most abundant minerals.  It is considered a trace mineral and has multiple roles in the body.  Some of its chief functions include carrying oxygen in the blood to cells, making oxygen available for muscle contraction, as well as energy production and utilization by assisting in glucose breakdown. 

Although there are dietary sources of iron, its absorption depends on what form it is found in.   Significant sources are heme-containing foods, such as red meats, eggs, poultry and fish, are rich in iron that is easy to absorb in the body.  Other dietary sources, or nonheme containing foods, are dried fruit, legumes, seeds, leafy greens and enriched bread products, contain iron but are harder for the body to absorb.  

Supplementing with Amino-Iron™ can help support optimal levels of iron in the body and help avoid deficiency symptoms.  If you are low in iron, oxygen delivery to the cells is limited, resulting in common symptoms including irritability, fatigue and tiredness, pale skin, thin and concave nails, impaired work performance and cognitive function, and decreased immune function. 

Who would benefit from taking it?

Supplementing with Amino-Iron can increase the body’s production of red blood cells.  Because the human body absorbs little iron from food and has increased need for iron the more active it is, Amino-Iron can be a great addition for many and to those wanting to support healthy levels of iron in their blood.  This can be especially true for individuals who engage in daily, intense activity. 

Other individuals who should consider taking this supplement may include Vegetarians (who regularly consume little to no amounts of heme-containing foods) as well as those with GI issues (GERD, Colitis, etc) which can decrease absorption of nutrients including iron. 

Need for iron also increases during pregnancy, lactation, and growth spurts in adolescents, to which supplementation can be very beneficial.  Iron deficiency is most common amongst these populations.

Recommended Dosage:

Each tablet contains 18mg of Amino-Iron and meets the daily requirement of iron for adults.  Dosage is 1 tablet, once to two times per day if iron levels are low or below optimum and should be taken with food.

Potential Contraindications:

If you are considering supplementation, it is always best to check your levels first.  Although toxicity is not common, symptoms can include GI distress and/or iron overload.  Iron deficiency is less common in adult men and postmenopausal women. 

To learn more, or if you're interested in getting started with this supplement, talk with a Personal Trainer or Registered Dietitian at Life Time, or go to the product page here

Do you have a question or comment? Keep the conversation going by posting it below.

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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