Feb 22 2011

Iron Supplement

People often worry that a vegan lifestyle leads to deficiencies in Iron, Protein, B12 and Calcium.

Over the next few weeks I will be addressing all of these issues, but I will start with Iron.

A few months ago I did a post about Iron (which you can read HERE).

My previous post has charts on how much iron we should be getting (broken down by ages) and various sources of iron.

You will notice that one ounce of pumpkin seeds has more iron than three ounces of steak!

If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just considering making a change, please don’t let lack of iron scare you off, because you can get plenty of iron naturally without eating meat.

If you are still concerned that your iron is low, consult a physician.

I have my hormones and vitamin levels measured every 6 months and I’ve always had adequate Iron levels (pre and post vegan).

However, even though the tests have maintained that my levels are good, one week a month 🙂 I take Floradix.

It’s a great iron supplements because it is non-constipating and it has vitamin c to help aid in absorption.

It tastes like crap, but I just shoot it down quickly and follow it with a little juice or water. Not a big deal.

Here is it’s nutritional breakdown.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Teaspoons (10 mL)
Servings Per Container: 50
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 20
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2%
Sugars 5 g **
Vitamin C 10 mg 17%
Vitamin B1 2.5 mg 167%
Vitamin B2 4.0 mg 235%
Vitamin B6 2.0 mg 100%
Vitamin B12 7.5 mcg 125%
Iron (elemental) **
(from ferrous gluconate) 10 mg 56%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.

For those of you worried about your vitamin B12 levels, you will see that Floradix also provides a nice amount of that as well.

Please be aware that accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6, so make sure your kids don’t get their hands on it.

It needs to be refrigerated, so keep it high in the refrigerator.

Too much iron can lead to serious problems in adults as well, so don’t take an iron supplement without consulting a physician.

To recap, a vegan/veg diet provides adequate levels of Iron, but if you’re still concerned, or you’ve been tested and you are deficient, Floradix is a great supplement.


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