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Ferrous Gluconate Powder
- High Level of Bioavailability
- Treat for Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Iron Supplement
Ferrous Gluconate is a salt like compound which is a combination of Gluconic Acid and Iron. For every two atoms of Gluconate, there is one atom of Iron present. It is popular as a supplement because it has a high level of bioavailability, and is digested smoothly with little negative effects, such as stomach pain or other gastric discomfort as it goes through the gastrointestinal tract. Also, because it is so bioavailable, this means that the supplement can still be very effective in remarkably small servings, especially when compared to the absorption rates of other Iron forms, such as Ferrous Fumarate or Ferrous Sulfate.
Iron is essential in the production of new red blood cells which are in turn, needed in the process of transference of oxygen to parts of the body that need it. When the body receives too little oxygen, this can have devastating effects which range from general fatigue to breathing issues as well as problems retaining information. Typically, Iron supplements are used to ensure that this does not happen by keeping Iron levels up.
Iron is usually located in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. It is useful in the transportation of oxygen throughout the body and is also a component of neurotransmitters which help control emotions. Since about 15% of all Iron in the body is actually stored away for later use when deficiency may occur; this allows some time to occur between decreased iron intake and full blown Iron deficiency, which should be enough time to augment the diet correctly to re-include Iron.
Dietary Iron comes in two different types, heme and non-heme. Heme Iron is more readily absorbed by the body than non-heme Iron and is usually found in the highest possible amounts in foods like fish and red meat. Non-heme Iron is a little more difficult for the body to fully absorb and is found in beans, flour, cereal, grains, and lentils as well as some dried fruits and strawberries.
Health Benefits Provided By Ferrous Gluconate
Ferrous Gluconate is an Iron supplement and thus can adequately prevent Iron deficiency. It contains iron which helps carry oxygen to the parts of the body that need it. It does this by creating red blood cells which are the agents that actually do the carrying of the oxygen. Ferrous Gluconate can also increase mental acuity to some degree. However, it is always best to find sources of Iron in food; Iron supplements should only be taken when all else has failed.
Old red blood cells die and new ones are created every 2-4 months; and not only that, but Iron is a requirement in the metabolic process, in cell division and in cell development, in production of connective tissue, in immune system maintenance, and in the production of neurotransmitters. If Iron is not ingested in high amounts daily it can have devastating effects. High amounts must be taken because usually only about five to ten percent of all ingested Iron is actually incorporated into the body and synthesized. Heme Iron has a much better chance of being absorbed correctly than its counterpart, so it is essential that this type of Iron be taken from the right sources. Amino acids and some sugars can be useful here because they have the capability of increasing absorption. Thus, those on low calorie or no-sugar diets are more susceptible to Iron deficiency, particularly athletes.
Iron deficiency is actually more common than most people imagine. It is one of the most common kinds of deficiency in the entire United States. Some other symptoms of Iron deficiency include mouth ulcers, inflammation of the ocular region, insomnia or trouble sleeping, problems breathing, menstrual pain, hair loss, and rapid heartbeat.
Serving Size & Timing
About 130mg should be taken once per day without a meal. Just a little more than 1/32 teaspoon should be enough to cover this amount. The FDA recommendation for daily Iron intake value is 18mg. Since Ferrous Gluconate is about 11.5% elemental Iron, this means that 130mg is roughly equal to the FDA equivalent in elemental Iron measurement.
Supplement FactsServing size: 130 milligrams
Serving per container: *
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value**|
|Iron (as Ferrous Gluconate)...15mg||83%|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
Sugar, soy, dairy, yeast, gluten,corn and additives
As a dietary supplement, take 130mg (rounded 1/32 tsp) once daily on an empty stomach, or as directed by physician.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Ferrous Gluconate Concentration
There are no fillers of any kind present in this supplement./p>
Ferrous Gluconate Side Effects
Ferrous Gluconate also has the potential to create stains on teeth, though this effect is only temporary. In order to make sure this does not take place, it is best to consume Ferrous Gluconate in a water or juice mixture and to take it through a straw.
Ferrous Gluconate Solubility
Ferrous Gluconate has somewhat of a sour mineral taste. It is not easily water soluble and it will cloud somewhat in a glass, but it can still be safely consumed this way. It should be stored in an area absent from heat, light, and moisture.
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary.