Why is Iron Important?

Why Is Iron Important?

Iron is a mineral that plays many roles in the body, but its main function is in the production of red blood cells. Without iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin and myoglobin (components in red blood cells) to carry oxygen from your lungs to body tissues and muscles. Iron is stored in the body as ferritin and hemosiderin. Since it is stored, it is also possible to take too much iron and reach a toxic level so it is important to consult your doctor before taking an iron supplement.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

Iron is a mineral that plays many roles in the body, but its main function is in the production of red blood cells. Without iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin and myoglobin (components in red blood cells) to carry oxygen from your lungs to body tissues and muscles. Iron is stored in the body as ferritin and hemosiderin. Since it is stored, it is also possible to take too much iron and reach a toxic level so it is important to consult your doctor before taking an iron supplement.

Who Needs Iron?

Men starting at age 19 require 8mg of iron per day throughout the rest of their life while women ages 19-50 require 18mg of iron per day. The recommended dosage for iron was created to meet nutrient needs for the average healthy individual. Some individuals, such as bariatric patients and post menopausal women, are at a higher risk of iron deficiency than others. 

What Does Vitamin C do for Iron Absorption

Foods rich in vitamin C can help the body absorb iron. Food sources of vitamin C include broccoli, oranges, and melons to name a few. An iron supplement also containing vitamin C is perfect for anyone needing Iron to ensure the highest absorption of the iron. Fusion Lifestyle Iron Soft Chews contain 60mg of Vitamin C. 

Forms of Iron to Look for in a Supplement

Iron supplements can be found in a variety of forms which may become confusing. There is something called elemental iron that refers to the total amount of iron that is available in a product to be absorbed by the body. When comparing all of the iron forms, ferrous fumarate offers the highest percentage of elemental iron that is available for absorption by the body. In this case, ferrous fumarate may be the best choice for anyone looking for an iron supplement. 

Why Fusion Lifestyle Iron?

Our Iron soft chew contains 45mg of ferrous fumarate iron so you are receiving the most bioavailable for along with vitamin C to aid in absorption. Our Cherry and Grape Soft Shew has an amazing flavor that won’t compare to any other supplement and will make taking your daily vitamins more enjoyable. Finally, a great tasting Iron Supplement that won't hurt your wallet.