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Side effects of traditional iron supplements

Our bodies need iron to create red blood cells which carry oxygen from the lungs and transport it throughout the body. Low levels of iron can be caused by an inadequate intake of iron, chronic blood loss, or a combination of both.

Typically, those of us with low iron levels are prescribed oral iron supplements to help elevate levels of this essential element. However, traditional tablet or capsule forms of iron supplements can be limited by poor absorption and cause several side effects.

10 common side effects of traditional iron supplements

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Heartburn
  • Black or dark-coloured stools or urine
  • Temporary staining of the teeth
  • Unusual or metallic taste in your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Redness of the skin
  • Restless legs

The NHS recommend drinking orange juice after taking ingested iron supplements to help your body absorb them.

The solution to digestive discomfort

To avoid these side effects enteric-coated and delayed-release iron supplements were developed, however they have a lower level of absorption.

With the need for an easily absorbable, great tasting iron supplement growing, we developed our Iron Oral Spray to provide a solution to the digestive discomfort and poor absorption experienced from traditionally ingested iron supplements.

An intra-oral spray is an effective method of delivering iron, amongst other nutrients, directly into the bloodstream rather than relying on primary processing by the digestive system, with absorption beginning immediately. The tiny droplets within the spray absorb quickly into the inner cheek and the rich vein network below meaning the oral spray, which has a great tasting baked apple flavour, delivers this vital nutrient directly into the bloodstream.

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