Side effects of traditional iron supplements

Typically, those of us with low iron levels are prescribed oral iron supplements to help elevate levels of this essential element. 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 experienced by an inadequate intake of iron, chronic blood loss, or a combination of both.

Traditional tablet or capsule forms of iron supplementation can be limited by gastrointestinal side effects and poor absorption. The NHS recommend drinking orange juice after taking ingested iron supplements to help your body absorb them. Side effects can present themselves in several different ways, so we have identified the ten most 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

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

The solution to digestive discomfort

With the need for an easily absorbable, great tasting iron supplement growing, there are alternatives such as our Iron Oral Spray which offers 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 rick 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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