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3 Surprising facts about iron supplements

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Fact #1 Iron supplement intake is highly individualised

Iron is an essential mineral for the body and plays a vital role in the production of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It is important to maintain sufficient iron levels in the body, as deficiency can lead to anaemia and other health problems. The daily recommended iron intake varies from person to person, depending on their age, gender, lifestyle, and medical conditions. Additionally, absorption rate also plays a key role in determining how much iron one should take. Therefore, it is important to understand that iron supplement intake is highly individualised and should be determined after consulting with a qualified healthcare professional.

Fact #2 Different forms of iron supplements have different levels of absorption

Iron is an essential mineral for the human body, and it can be found in many different forms. Different forms of iron supplements have different levels of absorption and can be used to treat iron deficiency. Elemental iron supplement, ferrous sulphate supplement, and ferrous gluconate supplement are some of the most used forms of iron supplements. Each form has its own benefits and drawbacks when it comes to absorption.

Elemental iron supplements provide a large dose of elemental iron, which can be absorbed quickly by the body. Ferrous sulphate supplements are slower acting but provide more sustained levels of iron over time. Finally, ferrous gluconate supplements are easier on the stomach than other forms and have less side effects. It is important to understand the differences between them to make an informed decision about which one is best for your patient.

Fact #3 Women need more iron than men

Women need more iron than men to remain healthy and fit. This is because women lose blood each month during menstruation, which can lead to a decrease in their iron levels. Women also tend to have a higher metabolic rate than men, meaning that they need more iron to keep up with their body's needs. To counter this, the daily recommended intake of iron for women is higher than that of men.

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