Essential Ingredients

Why Iron’s Form Is Important

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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.

Iron Needs Change After Menopause

After menopause, a woman’s need for Iron is reduced quite a bit; the Daily Value goes from 18 to 10 mg. Since most women over 50 get more than 10 mg of Iron in their diet, research shows supplemental Iron may be unnecessary.

Some Women Need More Iron

Having sufficient Iron stores in your body before getting pregnant is important. Essential Prenatal addresses this by including 18mg of gentle chelated Iron to promote energy production and red blood cell development during pregnancy — enough to maintain your health, not an overwhelming amount to stress your system.*

Some conditions that may require more Iron (at the discretion of your health care provider) are heavy menstrual bleeding, over-exercise and a few rare genetic factors that require more Iron intake. If you think you fall into one of these categories, ask your doctor for a blood test to check your Iron levels before starting a new supplement.

Ritual’s Iron Form

Ritual chose Albion Minerals Ferrochel® (ferrous bisglycinate). Ferrochel has been used around the world for decades, and has repeatedly been pointed to as more efficient and more tolerable than other common Iron forms. Ferrochel® is produced by TRAACs® patented method, and fits our other requirements of being vegetarian, non-GMO and generally recognized as safe by the FDA (GRAS). Albion is an icon in the dietary supplement industry and has led the way for development and testing of chelated minerals for over 60 years.*

Ferrochel® is a registered trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc.