Iron Tablets – Who Needs Them?

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There are approximately six million prescriptions for iron tablets being issued each year in England and Wales. This does not surprise me because iron is essential to life as it plays a key role in the manufacture of proteins and enzymes; is required for the formation of haemoglobin, which is the oxygen carrier within the body, and iron also regulates cell growth. Iron and life are inseparable! With the exception of lactic acid bacteria found in the gut, every living organism requires iron as an essential nutrient for growth and development.

Iron tablets

Iron tablets for the majority are the first line of defence when we are feeling tired or fatigued. Iron tablets are often prescribed for a lack of energy however iron tablets are also prescribed for a host of other reasons including anaemia. The most common types of iron tablets prescribed are ferrous sulphate, ferrous fumarate and ferrous gluconate. There are of course many iron supplements available as tablets, liquids and tonics. Read More…

The Feel Better Factor – Heavy Periods


Q: My periods are regular but very heavy. It makes life tricky for a week every cycle. Is there anything I can do?

A: One in every four or five women suffers from a condition called heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB, or menorrhagia), where you lose about twice as much blood as normal, with a tendency to flood (bleeding through to clothes or bedding), pass lots of clots and/or need to change your protection very frequently. It’s a distressing problem that can really interfere with normal life. Read More…