Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Natural Source of Iron



Sometimes women with child may find that in the late stages of pregnancy they have become anemic.  You may go in for your third trimester blood work and get a call from your doctor's office or midwife informing you that you are low in iron and must now take an iron supplement, maybe even three times a day.  Then they also inform you that the iron supplement may cause difficulty by giving you constipation, for which you may need to take some medication.  Of course, you may also become anemic even if you are not pregnant.

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So what is a lady to do?  Well, there are other options that will not cause you so much grief.  There is a natural iron supplement called Floradix.  It is most commonly found in liquid form in a glass bottle.  Floradix contains not only iron to help with anemia, but herbs as well.  Unlike other forms of iron, this type is easily absorbed by your body and won't cause those unpleasant side-effects mentioned earlier.  I know because I am using it myself!  I had gotten so tired that I was falling asleep in the afternoons quite against my wishes, and just could not get myself to stay awake.  There were a few times that my dear, amazing daughters made dinner for me because they saw that I was napping and wanted to let me rest.

I have heard some people complain of the taste, but I have not found the taste to be too bad at all.  It does have some fruit juices in it, which make the taste quite palatable.  However, it does have a very distinct smell that I don't really care for.  But that is a small trade-off for still being able to function normally!  I have even heard someone say that the taste was great to her when she was iron-deficient, but then it didn't taste so good when her iron was back up to normal.

So hopefully this will help someone who is having this very fatiguing problem.  I was able to purchase the Floradix on Amazon with gift certificates I've earned with Swagbucks and taking surveys.  If you don't want the 17 oz. bottle, there are other options here, but I think the 17 oz. bottle is the best deal.

Another option is to purchase some grass-fed liver, sold at health-food stores, and freeze it.  After two weeks you may cut off little pill-sized portions of the liver (still frozen) and swallow them just like pills, if you can't stand the taste of liver.  This will give you a healthy dose of iron also.  Though I haven't tried this method yet, I have heard it works well.

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10 comments:

Caroline said...

Thank you so much! I am 6.5 months along and got my bloodwork back and they said that I am ever so slightly anemic so I am looking to incorporate more iron-rich foods into my diet. This supplement sounds like a very easy way to do that. :)

Lady Violet said...

You are so welcome. Sometimes it is even possible to be anemic when maintaining a healthy diet, so I'm thankful for this supplement.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the informative information. It's good to know that there is another alternative for an iron supplement.

Joluise said...

I take iron tablets as I have low iron so I might look out for this, depends if I can get it in Australia. I don't eat liver, so I need to find other foods high in iron.

BrandyLynn said...

I struggle with anemia when NOT pregnant due to other causes, and when I am pregnant it is even WORSE. I use fresh squeezed Orange Juice with my Chlorophyll and found that it also helps with the taste of the Floradix... Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron... You don't need to have a lot of orange juice either to mask the taste...

Lady Violet said...

Great, thanks for the tip!

Lady Violet said...

I hope you can get it in Australia, Joluise. I think Floradix is made in Germany? Maybe check a health foods store if Amazon doesn't ship to Australia.

Lady Violet said...

You are so welcome, Mara!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have MS, and always feel fatigued without the right vitamins, iron and rest. I live abroad in a very hot country which with high humidity can exhaust me beyond belief, almost 9 months of the year.
I've been taking Floradix daily for the past 20 or so years. My Mum got me on to it when I was expecting my first baby. We now have a healthy family of four, and I feel Floradix was excellent in keeping my strength up, to feed four babies all up till they were 2 years old.
My MS was diagnosed about 8 years ago, though the medical experts said it had been with me for far longer. Floradix tastes fine, and it is such a small amount to take each day for a noticeable difference in energy, well-being and fewer colds in the winter! I love it, and would heartily recommend it to anyone. Fiona.

Lady Violet said...

Wonderful! I'm so glad to hear of another person it has helped. You're right it is a small amount--not bad at all. I'm glad to hear it's been helpful to you since I am relatively new to using it.