Iron is an essential trace element for humans and it's well known that iron deficiency can lead to fatigue and weakness. Often the problem is due to poor diet. But even when iron is present in the diet, it can be surprisingly difficult to absorb.
There are many causes of iron deficiency
Iron is linked in many ways to well-being and energy, and fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency. It can also manifest itself in the form of dizziness, decreased resilience and reduced ability to concentrate. Iron deficiency can be caused by several factors: sometimes iron intake is low (restricted diet, dieting, malabsorption). Sometimes iron consumption is higher than normal (heavy menstruation, IUD, pregnancy, breastfeeding, heavy physical activity).
Iron intake from food varies
A varied mixed diet usually covers iron requirements. The best absorbed sources of iron come from animals: meat, fish and offal foods. The problem with the plant sources of iron (e.g. nuts and legumes) is, that they are less absorbed, which can cause problems for vegetarian and vegan diets. In fact, it's not a given that iron is absorbed, even if it's present in the diet. Current evidence suggests that a surprisingly small amount, only about 10%, of iron is absorbed through the diet. Iron absorption is interfered with by many factors, at least by high consumption of coffee, tea and cola drinks. Fortunately, there are also dietary factors that enhance iron absorption. This is particularly true of vitamins C and B, which should be taken at the same time as iron-rich foods.
There are differences in the absorption of iron supplements
Iron levels can be effectively fixed with iron supplements. However, iron absorption is a challenge even with supplements, and many supplements taken through the stomach can cause constipation and abdominal pain, mainly due to poor absorption. Many people have to try several products and it is not always easy to find the right one for the stomach.
However, with a mouth spray supplement, you can forget about stomach upsets altogether. With Nordic Health's spray, iron is absorbed directly from the oral mucosa into the bloodstream and does not enter the digestive system. Nordic Health's iron sprays also have other benefits. Iron(III) sodium EDTA and ammonium citrate do not increase the body's antioxidant stress, which has been observed to increase, especially in people with a high intake of animal derived iron. In addition, studies have shown that these forms of iron are excellent for the body to utilize even at lower doses.
The simple, stomach-friendly choice for everyone
When it comes to traditional iron supplements, several factors must be taken into account, such as time of the day and avoiding combining certain other nutrients with the supplement. An iron supplement spray, on the other hand, can be taken at any time of the day and is not affected by dairy products, coffee or medicines. So if you need to boost your iron levels, but want to avoid stomach upsets and the hassle of taking it, an iron supplement spray is an excellent solution. It also ensures optimal absorption and utilization of the iron. Nordic Health iron sprays are available in two strengths, 5 mg and 10 mg, and they are gluten-free, lactose-free, additive-free and vegan. They are also suitable for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.