After years of having iron deficiency anemia secondary to my (mostly) vegetarian diet, I have found a supplement that increases iron stores without the uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects of elemental iron supplements. Anemia cured.
Mega Foods Blood Builder is created from whole foods (such as Beets.) Unlike elemental iron, Blood Builder delivers iron in a form that your body recognizes as food, therefore digests and absorbs at a greater rate. Paired with Vitamin C which naturally increases absorption rate.
Though it is best to receives nutrients through a balanced diet, many vegetarians and women suffer from anemia. Second to diet, whole food supplements are the way to go! Unless you are a diagnosed anemic, do not take iron supplements for they can cause toxicity
Functions: Production of hemoglobin and myoglobin, oxygentation of red blood cells. Needed for energy production, growth and a healthy immune system.
Absorption: Vitamin C, Vitamin A and B complex vitamins, copper, manganese & molybdenum are all needed for complete iron absorption. An intake of Vitamin C alongside Iron can increase efficiency by 25%. Calcium can inhibit dietary sources of iron from being absorbed.
Natural sources: Eggs, fish, liver, meat, green leady vegetables, almonds, avocados, beets, raisins, rice, peaches, soybeans, kidney beans and lima beans.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include: brittle hair, dizziness, fatigue, frail bones, hair loss, nervousness, difficulty swallowing and slowed mental reactions.