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.
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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