The body uses iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, and myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles. Iron is also important for normal synthesis of certain hormones and maintaining healthy connective tissues.
Iron requires certain supporting nutrients such as vitamin C for efficient absorption and utilization in the body. Low levels of these nutrients can make it difficult to increase iron levels even with supplementation. Vitamin C combines with iron during digestion to form a compound that is easier for the body to absorb and helps to minimize the effect of certain dietary compounds that interfere with iron absorption, such as calcium, phosphate, tannins (found in tea, coffee, and chocolate) and phytates (found in grains and nuts).
Optimal Iron Chewable contains a lower amount of iron than our Optimal Iron Plus Cofactors, to provide an option for those who do not require as much supplemental iron to meet their daily requirements. Using a special "taste-free" form of iron along with natural flavours and xylitol, this chewable option is a delicious way for those who are not able to swallow capsules to supplement their daily iron intake. As with all iron supplements, we recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional for testing of iron levels prior to use and continue to monitor iron levels/intake during use. This supplement is gentle on the stomach.
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