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At least 1 in 5 women has iron deficiency!
Iron is an important trace mineral in human nutrition but it is very difficult for our body to absorb iron efficiently from dietary sources. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional shortfall, at least 1 in 5 women is affected with iron deficiency.
Two simple checks
1. Check your nails
a) Place one hand flat on the table with palm facing down.
b) Press firmly on one fingernail to force all the blood out of the underlying nail bed.
c) Remove the pressure.
d) Check if the rosy pink colour returns after you release the pressure.
e) A pale nail bed may indicate iron deficiency.
2. Check your eyes
a) Looking in a mirror.
b) Check the inside of the lower eyelid by gently pulling down the lid with a finger, where it should be red or pink.
c) If the colour is pale or almost white, you may have an iron deficiency.
Iron deficiency can result in multiple symptoms!
Tiredness, a general lack of energy and lower stamina
Dizziness and headaches
Breathlessness and rapid heart beat
Decreased work performance, lowered concentration and focus
Lowered cognitive function affecting attention span, memory, and learning ability
Difficulty maintaining body temperature
Decreased immunity, and higher susceptibility to infections
Thinning hair, dry hair, brittle nails, and pale complexion
If you experience above symptoms, you may be lacking iron in your diet!
The source of your iron supplement matters
AFC Heme Iron
Unlike other iron formulas, Heme iron is the most natural and easily absorbed source of iron, as compared to non-heme sources. AFC Heme Iron is a synergistic iron formula comprising a high concentration of Heme Iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin Bs, fortified with Prune Extract. Together, these ingredients work synergistically to increase the absorption of iron by the body.
Vitamin C helps maintain the integrity of red blood cells for effective oxygen transfer, while Vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid assist in the production of red blood cells. The addition of Prune Extract helps increase iron absorption and prevents constipation. Gentle on the stomach, AFC Heme Iron the most comprehensive iron supplement for superior absorption.
Why is iron vital for good health?
Iron is an essential daily nutrient that performs multiple functions for maintaining good health. Iron plays an important role in your everyday needs:
Oxygen transport and red blood cell formation
Oxygen is essential for cellular functions that we obtain when we breathe in. Iron delivers the oxygen from lung to all other body cells and facilitates in oxygen storage in muscle.
Iron involves in the process of converting nutrients into energy.
Iron deficiency may impact the lower brain functions. Poor attention span, lower concentration, impaired learning may occur as a result of iron deficiency
Iron is a constituent in more than hundreds of enzymes and cofactors in enzyme reactions, aiding in energy metabolism, DNA synthesis and protection against free radicals
Concentration and activity of white blood cells are found to be decreased in individuals with iron deficiency, and this affects the immune defense system within our body
Hair, skin and nail
Hair loss, and unhealthy hair, brittle nails, and pale complexion are associated with iron deficiency
Are you at risk of iron deficiency?
Iron is lost by the body through various ways including urination, defecation, perspiration and exfoliation of old skin cells. Certain groups of people are at a higher risk towards iron deficiency:
Women Excess blood loss during menstruation leads to a higher demand for iron among women
Pregnant women Iron needs may double during pregnancy to account for the increased blood volume, and to supply the needs of the growing fetus
Athletes Iron supplies oxygen to all body cells and muscles. Rigorous activity demands more oxygen to keep up with the increased needs
Seniors Iron deficiency among the elders can be associated with diseases and decreased food intake. The reduced gastric secretion may also lead to short supply of iron and its poor absorption
Surgery and blood donation Blood loss through surgery or blood donation requires a higher intake of iron to help the body make new red blood cells
Vegetarians Vegetarians may have problems obtaining sufficient iron due to inadequate iron intake, and/or the lower absorption rate of iron from plant sources
Contents: 427mg x 30 capsules