Compositions of various iron supplements
In all kinds of iron supplements, all kinds of iron salts are used in them, which are generally categorized into the following cases:
Due to having the lowest amount of elemental iron (12%), this form of iron has fewer digestive side effects than other iron salts, but in addition to this feature, it is important that due to the lower side effects, iron will be absorbed much less by the body. like Century supplement
This form of iron contains 20% elemental iron, as a result, it causes digestive complications such as constipation in some people.
This iron salt has been the most common form of iron deficiency anemia treatment.
Common market supplements that contain this iron salt: are Fefol, IroVit, and Foliron.
This form of iron contains 33 elemental iron. It has gastrointestinal side effects including diarrhea.
Usually, its effects become apparent after a week of starting to use it.
Common market supplements that contain this iron salt: Ferfolic, Feroglobin, Hematinic, and Feroral
This form of it contains 100 elemental iron. Although it is an iron salt, it is more similar to the micro-particles of elemental iron. It dissolves in the acidic environment of the stomach and creates hydrochloride salt.
This form of iron does not have many advantages over ferrous sulfate, but it has a relatively slow absorption and fewer gastrointestinal side effects, so it has a lower risk of toxicity for children.
Common market supplements that contain this iron salt: ZiFemin, Acti Iron, and Life Style Iron
Ferrous glycinate and ferrous glycine sulfate
These two forms are the result of iron chelation with the amino acid "glycine". Therefore, it allows iron to absorb this product more, and besides, it has fewer digestive side effects than other iron salts.
**For more complete information about the ferrous salt of glycine sulfate in iron supplements, you can read the following article specifically on this issue**
Choosing the best combination of iron supplements
Also, chelated iron has less interference with calcium absorption. In acidic pH, the stomach does not open, and as a result, it reaches the small intestine (that is, the iron absorption site) and is easily absorbed.
Based on the results of researches, patients' compatibility with this form of iron is much better than other iron salts.
Common market supplements that contain this iron salt: Ferro Complete, Ferrodin, Easy Iron, Ferrofort
Pay attention to these points in taking iron supplements!
When choosing an iron supplement, note that along with iron, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 must be present, because the effectiveness of iron increases, on the other hand, anemia is not always the result of iron deficiency.
Iron is naturally associated with digestive complications, now that you are familiar with the types of iron salts, you can better choose which iron supplement is right for you.
Foreign supplements are not superior to domestically produced supplements. It is important that the patient can tolerate the consumed iron and that iron reserves are provided in a short period of time.
If you have early symptoms of anemia, such as chronic fatigue and lack of energy, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Never take high doses of iron supplements without your doctor's advice.
Translated by: Bita Sayadi