The Best Liquid Iron Supplement

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Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in the world affecting nearly 15 percent of the world’s population. Iron is a major nutrient needed by most children and menstruating women. Men on the other hand usually have excess iron since iron is not excreted through the usual routes of urine and sweat. Iron deficiency usually arises by any factor or a combination of three factors which are: low iron diets, poor absorption and excessive loss of blood.

What is iron and why is it so important?

Iron is found in haemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Any surplus iron is stored in the body as a reserve. It is therefore vital that we get our iron from food sources such as iron-rich meat and vegetables.

When our diet is not sufficient in iron, the body starts to use the reserves and once these have been depleted, the blood does not have enough iron and haemoglobin to oxygenate the body. This is called anaemia and according to the World Health Organisation, anaemia is one of the most widespread nutrient deficiency concerns in the world.

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

It is possible to be iron deficient without having anaemia. Iron deficiency develops gradually and occurs when dietary iron intake does not meet the requirements. Iron stores become depleted whilst the haemoglobin levels remain stable which is the marker for iron status. People with iron deficiency have no iron stores to mobilise in case the body suddenly requires extra iron. The difference between iron deficiency and anaemia is that anaemia is an advanced stage of iron deficiency where iron stores, haemoglobin and blood levels of iron cannot meet the daily requirements.

Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency include:

  • Feeling lethargic, weak and fatigued
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive hair shedding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mild depression
  • Short attention span and irritability
  • Restless legs
  • Vulnerable to infection due to a weakened immune system

The symptoms above could easily be dismissed for stress or simply for someone being lazy which is why iron deficiency still prevails and its prevalence is high.

People who are likely to be iron deficient include:

  • Vegetarians – if you are a strict vegetarian then you are very like to be iron deficient.
  • Women of child bearing age – there are two likely reasons for this. Iron deficiency can arise as a result of the loss of blood due to monthly menstruation. This group is also likely to undertake diets, often diets that reduce meat intake.
  • Toddlers, young children and teenagers especially if they are fussy eaters. Iron is crucial for mental growth and development. Reduced performance can occur even with mild iron deficiencies resulting in poor school productivity and reduced concentration in older children.
  • Some types of inflammatory bowel diseases may cause iron deficiency, especially when accompanied by diarrhoea.
  • Some medications can affect our iron status or impede iron stores in the body.
  • Some pregnant women may become iron deficient since the infant utilises the mother’s iron stores.

Low iron levels can have a significant impact on athletic performance since iron is required to manufacture haemoglobin, the oxygen carrier that helps with energy production.

Iron is poorly absorbed by the body so although the recommended daily intake of iron is much higher than the daily requirement, in the majority of cases we still do not achieve sufficient iron levels in the body.

How can you boost iron levels?

Consumption of iron rich foods is important to ensure the optimal function of the body’s processes and to prevent many concerns associated with iron deficiency. Rich sources of iron include:

  • All types of meat including beef, pork and organ meat, such as liver.
  • All types of poultry, especially the darker meat from the legs.
  • Oily fish such as sardines and mackerel, as well as oysters and clams.
  • Green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and broccoli.

One of the best liquid iron supplements that I recommend is Organic Liquid Iron by Viridian Nutrition. This liquid iron supplement contains iron sourced from the curry leaf plant and thus provides the body with a food state of iron which ensures greater absorption than the synthetic forms of iron often prescribed and being a natural source of iron, this liquid iron supplement does not cause constipation nor any stomach discomfort. The formulation also contains organic amla fruit and acerola cherry extracts which are rich in vitamin C, which is known to enhance the absorption of iron.

Organic Liquid Iron is suitable for children from the age of three as well as adults and unlike traditional forms of iron supplements and drugs, this formulation does not overload the body with iron which can be dangerous.

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Nutrition, Shabir Daya | , , , , , , , ,
  • JENNIFER SEARLE

    HI I’M IRON DEFICIENT, BUT NEED A SUPPLIMENT THAT WONT CAUSE CONSTIPATION! ALSO IT MUST BE VEGETARIAN. PLEASE CAN YOU VERIFY?
    THANK YOU.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jennifer, Organic liquid Iron should not cause constipation since the iron is from a food source unlike the usual synthetic iron tablets often prescribed which are hard to metabolise. It is also vegetarian. Shabir

  • L. Adams

    Hello. I have many of the symptoms above. Especially hair falling out. Very badly. I take MSM supplement to help with this and tiredness. My fatigue is quite bad. I also take Alive vit min women over 50. Omega 3. Also hrt zumenon 2mg. Have had a full hysterectomy. I am 60 yrs old. Thank you.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, try using Organic Liquid Iron for a couple of months and this should help with your hair loss and hopefully also help enhance energy levels. Alive multivitamins are perfectly safe alongside this liquid however I am unsure if you are also taking an additional vitamin supplement as well in which case you should not take it. Shabir

  • L. Adams

    Hell Shabir. Thankyou for responding to my question. I only take one vit min the Alive. The MSM (Sulphur ) I started taking for. Fatigue.. Would you recommend continuing with this? Could I take it alongside their on..? Sorry if I am asking to many questions. Thank you again. Lesley

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, The Alive multivitamins should help with enhancing energy levels so don’t think you need MSM which is more a cell fortifier. Shabir

  • L. Adams

    Thankyou. X

  • denis

    Hi Shabir. I am looking for plant based iron for my 27 months old who needs iron supplement due to low iron. His blood test otherwise all normal. Instead of the prescription can you recommend a natural way of supplementing him ?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Denis, I would be inclined to use Floradix Liquid Iron Formula which still provides a food state of iron for better absorption and thus utilisation by the body. Shabir

  • Sana

    Hi shabir, I am really low in ferrtin which is 11 and I have been taking ferrous fumemate 210mg but it make me feel so nausea and upset stomach. I need high dose of iron.

    Thanks Sana

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sana, it is not the strength which matters but the quality of iron. Synthetic iron tablets and capsules often prescribed have poor quality absorption and utilisation by the body resulting in stomach concerns. Try Organic Liquid Iron which is a food state gentle form of Iron. Shabir

  • Sana

    Ok got your point. It makes much more sense now that tablet take time to break down and sometimes doesn’t absorb it. Will try it thank you for your help :)

  • HP

    Hi there,

    I am 8 months pregnant and my iron levels are low. I am taking spatone and something called ‘Hema-plex’ which is meant to be easily absorbed. My levels keep dropping, as do my ferritin levels. I am healthy and eat plenty of greens and take vitimin C. I feel like I am doing everything I can but they still keep dropping. Any advice would be gratefully received – I am hoping to have a home birth but feeling increased pressure by doctors to go to hospital as my levels keep dropping. Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi HP, Iron is one of the hardest minerals to metabolise so firstly I do not agree with you taking both Hema-Plex and Spatone. I would recommend just the Spatone for now and to see your GP regarding which high dose iron medication would be suitable for you. Shabir

  • HP

    Thanks Shabir,
    The GP firstly prescribed me a high dose non vegetarian Iron supplement – Ferrous Sulphate 200mg. I am vegetarian so I waited for him to find a vegetarian one. He then prescribed one that is liquid, high dose but full of horrid preservatives, aluminium, and turns my teeth black! I am not really keen to take this… I showed him the hema-plex and he said it was OK so I am curious as to why you wouldn’t recommend that?
    Also, I wonder if you know a natural, high dose source of Iron that is OK in pregnancy – that isn’t full of toxic fillers?
    I was taking Solgars Gentle Iron before but it’s only 20mg and then Spatone as well but the doctors say I need to take 3 x 200mg doses per day – seems a lot!
    Any further advice appreciated. Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi HP, ferrous sulphate does not provide 200mg of iron. It is 200mg of iron sulphate providing around 80mg of synthetic iron whereas gentle and natural iron supplement, though providing lower doses of iron are utilised more effectively which is why you don’t get gastric upsets with them. With reference to Hema-Plex, this supplement also contains a whole range of other vitamins and minerals which you may be doubling up on if you take a prenatal nutrient. Shabir

  • HP

    Thanks Shabir, That is really helpful. I did stop taking my prenatal when I started taking hema-plex as I noticed this. I will look for a natural and more gentle iron supplement as suggested. Many thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome HP.

  • monkeymanipulater

    I’ve heard people talk about Floravital liquid Iron but haven’t tried it but they say it works good.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, Floradix is a good iron supplement however it has a lower iron and vitamin C content in comparison to Organic Liquid Iron supplement. Shabir

  • Josy

    Hi, I was due for a surgery last week but pre assessment results showed I’m low in iron .the operation has now been postponed to next month. I’m presently 9.3 and I need to get it up to at least 10 or 11 in a month. Can you prescribe any iron supplements or any thing I can do to increase it rapidly? Please. Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Josy, please use either Organic Liquid Iron or you may wish to consider Globifer Forte, a supplement containing both haem iron and plant based iron to hopefully restore your levels quickly. Shabir

  • Helen

    Hello,
    I have low ferritin which is exasperating my under active thyroid condition symptoms. My levels haven’t risen in 4 months of taking Spa Tone and the GP prescribed tablets. I see you recommend organic liquid iron but do you know whether this is safe to take while breastfeeding and is it suitable for someone with an UAT (providing I take it away from my thyroxine medication)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Helen, Organic Liquid Iron is generally regarded as safe whilst breastfeeding but please check with your GP or consultant too. With reference to underactive thyroid and iron, many people with hypothyroidism suffer from low iron levels because low thyroid hormone levels can result in lower gastric acid production leading to poor absorption of iron. Best wishes Shabir

  • Helen

    Thank you so much. Do you have any other recommendations for raising my ferritin level with low gastric acid? What are your thoughts on vitamin and mineral IV infusions in situations like this?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Helen, you could consider the use of Betaine HCl by Lamberts which enhances gastric acid production and hence increases mineral uptake. Shabir

  • AB

    Hi Shabir,
    I have Hashimoto Thyreoditis (autoimmune related Hypothyroidism). Iodine (in Organic Liquid Iron) is contraindicated for this condition. Which product would you recommend, that does not contain Iodine, but works fast? Ideally it should be gluten and lactose free. My Ferritin is 15, I’m constantly cold, prone to infections and my hair is falling out. Thank you.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, I would recommend a food state iron with no added iodine by Vertese called Beetroot, B12 and Iron Complex. Please see link here – https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Beetroot-B12-and-Iron-Complex/11878/category/Iron-Supplements/369

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Mia, it is not necessarily the strength of the iron supplement but more about the elemental value of the iron, the quality of the iron and its absorption rate so I agree with the pharmacist. Liquid iron supplements do tend to be sweet including Organic Liquid Iron so I would recommend that you use Glorifier Forte which is a combination of vegetable sourced iron and non-veg iron. Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Marcia, the key is to perhaps increase your dietary intake of iron rich foods to build-up your stores assuming that there are no other underlying concerns regarding this low ferritin level. Iron is definitely required in one of the phases of the hair growth cycle and certainly low iron stores result in fatigue, breathlessness and even mental fog. As far as hair is concerned, please use HairJelly Protein capsules which contain a blend of amino acids which are required for the manufacture of keratin. Please see link here: https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Hairjelly-Protein-Capsules/11383

  • Marcia

    Hi thank you for your reply. One of the problems is I don’t eat red meat or a lot of white meat . I eat a lot of quorn products for my protein though. Maybe I should Start putting spinach in my smoothie in the morning. So will the hair jelly help with hair growth even with low ferritin?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Marcia, HairJelly capsules should help and certainly they are not going to be detrimental. It would be great to get iron levels uo using green foods too so include spinach and other greens twice daily if you can.

  • Marcia

    Thanks so much for your advice. I will look in to the hair jelly and definitely more spinach.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Marcia.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Catherine, whilst strength of iron is important, it is the quality of iron and its absorption that governs uptake and utilisation by the body. I recommend trying the liquid iron and then going back for a test to check levels.

  • catherinelitton

    Many thanks for your response ????

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    you are welcome.

  • Charlie

    Hi, I’ve been prescribed Ferrous fumarate 210mg but it makes me really violently nauseous after about 20-30 minutes. It’s temporary but horrible and I have been sick. My GP changed it to Ferrous sulphate 200mg but that does the same. At the moment I can only take them, if I take a dose of Ondansetron anti sickness at the same time (which I was prescribed in hospital but about to run out of)….is there a gentle iron supplement I could take which will provide the same strength / quality / benefits and also prevent the constipation that I am already very prone to (due to other medications)? I am a bit desperate here as I was been prone to anaemia as a child and don’t want to go back to that.

    I am disabled so cannot afford much on these things as I usually get most on free prescriptions :(

    PS I am also taking a comprehensive multi vitamin so do not need other things added apart from maybe Vit c to aid absorption.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Charlie, Iron is the hardest mineral to metabolise which is why synthetic versions are known to cause gastric discomfort. We cannot directly compare naturally occurring iron supplements with the synthetic versions because ferrous sulphate 200mg tablets provide 65mg of elemental iron whilst other variants provide differing amount of iron. What remains clear is that some iron supplements such as Iron Bisglycinate by HealthAid are the gentlest form of iron, economical in use and contain added vitamin C to enhance its absorption without causing constipation or gastric discomfort. Best wishes Shabir

  • Kim

    Hi,
    I’ve been diagnosed this year with microcytic anemia and my dr is clueless unfortunately and said for me to go find something over the counter. I am taking 28mg gentle iron (glyconate form) but my stomach is a wreck with it no matter what I do and I’ve had not only constipation but impaction and cramping for months! My absorption/saturation is way off. Can you recommend a truly very gentle product to help my bowels and iron disorder? Many thanks ????

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Kim, thank you for your email. Better You have just launched the most absorbable form of iron which bypasses the digestive system completely and hence there is absolutely no risk of GI disturbance at all! See link below for more information.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Iron-Daily-Oral-Spray/12891
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Kimberly LaBrie

    YOU ARE AMAZING!! I just purchased from the USA! Thank you thank you!!!! Also one more question, how should it be dosed to get the appropriate elemental iron or should I just take as directed?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Kimberley, almost everything going through the digestive system is compromised as far as ultimate strength reached into the bloodstream with most of us lucky to get approximately 50% from an oral dose such as tablets and capsules. With sublingual sprays such as the iron spray, you only need smaller amounts because almost everything in a single does gets into the bloodstream. Please use four sprays once daily.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Kimberly LaBrie

    I owe you MANY THANKS ???? God bless you!!!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Kimberley and please keep us posted if you can.

  • Kimberly LaBrie

    I sure will! Once I begin the therapy I’ll know if it works since my iron will be retested in August. Have a great summer!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you and have a great summer too.

  • Kim

    I have Anemia for years I simply can’t take the iron pill supplements. Causes severe headaches and stomach cramps. Do this version of liquid don’t cause those side effects? Should I be taking a multi vitamin Along with it ? My dr says my number has gotten worse especially after menstruation . I have severe leg pain a lot I’ve experienced a blood clot before. I truly have a loss appetite trying to eat dark meats is hard I only like fish chicken and turkey… I do love my green broccoli and spinach and Raisin Bran . However I hear it takes awhile for my iron level to go up so after starting this liquid how long should I wait to be retested to see if my levels changed? Is this a spray also ?please help

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Kim, this version of iron is not likely to cause stomach concerns although since this editorial was written, there is a new sublingual form of iron that is guaranteed not to disturb the stomach since the iron is absorbed through the myriad of blood vessels within the cheeks. Try using the Iron Oral Spray for three months and then have a test done to see if it has made a difference.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Iron-Daily-Oral-Spray/12891

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • denis

    Dear Shabir i have been giving organic iron to my son since last year and although it has helped to increase his iron a bit ( 7.2 now from 6.3 last year. but should be minimum 10.6 ) and ferritin to 118 from 70 last year), we are recomended by his gp to give him sytron twice a day. I am still tempted to use more natural form of iron so was thinking to try another iron supplement  so was windering if you could recommend any other from VH ? BtW  He is now 5 years old . Many thanks as usual. Denis