Why you need Iron
Iron has a special relationship with oxygen. Iron is essential for life itself, as it is part of enzymes, proteins and hemoglobin used to transport, add, remove and utilize oxygen. Iron helps maintain blood cell levels and runs enzymes that are used to support cellular energy, neurotransmitters, and thyroid hormones. Without enough Iron, you may feel tired, moody, sluggish or not all there. Vegans, athletes and women with heavy menstrual bleeding or low body weight are among those particularly at risk for low levels of Iron.*
How To Supplement Your Diet
Instead of getting the full 100% Daily Value of Iron (18mg) through vitamin supplementation, which can increase Iron intake into excess levels, we recommend taking only what you need to fill the gap in your diet (8 mg). During pregnancy, most women need more Iron because blood volume increases while number of blood cells stays the same — this means your recommended Daily Value increases to 27 mg. While most multivitamins include the entire traditional recommended Daily Value of Iron, getting too much can be harmful.
How Much Iron is too Much Iron?
Too much Iron can reduce your uptake of other essential trace minerals: this may mean other essential minerals cannot do their job as well. Excess Iron also can go rogue and generate free radicals. We recommend the clinically-studied amino acid chelate form of Iron (the same form you’ll find in food) that’s known to be gentler and kinder on the stomach than other typically used forms.*Women with a genetic condition which causes too much Iron storage in the body do not need additional Iron in supplements unless instructed by their physician.