If your number is slightly lower than 12.9, we recommend a number of options for you.
One recommendation that we would definitely make in terms of selecting an iron supplement is getting aniron in a chelate form. What that means is that the body recognises the iron as a bigger compound and it passes it through a bigger channel, so then there’s less iron sitting on the top of our guts, and then that stops any sort of side effects. That’s why we often have patients complaining of gas, any sort of constipation, or even diarrhoea in some changes. It’s because the iron isn’t being well-absorbed and it’s causing irritation to our gut, so that’s one thing.
The other supplement we recommend is to really consider having an iron supplement with some sort of vitamin C or vitamin B with it. The reason for that is vitamin C boosts up our energy anyway so do Vitamin B’s. But also, these two vitamins help facilitate the absorption of the iron into our system. It may be that we aren’t getting enough iron in our diet or through a supplement, but it may not be picked up and put into the bloodstream as well. That is why we always recommend that you have some sort of B vitamin or vitamin C supplement available.
You can get iron in a tablet form, in a liquid form as well. The most important thing is just to be aware of the liquid forms. It can be really, really good when you’re trying to give children iron supplements. It’s easy to drink, and it’s often well-flavored. But sometimes what happens is it can stain children’s teeth, so just be aware of that and make sure that you’re brushing children’s teeth or your own teeth if you’re going to use an iron liquid when you are taking an iron supplement.
We always recommend that you do an iron test every three months or so just to see whether or not your levels are well within range and whether or not your medication is working for you. But if you want to come in and speak to us more about how to test your iron levels or getting an iron level done, please come in and see the pharmacists at Priceline Pharmacy in West Brunswick and we’ll help you out.