Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Constantly tired? You could be suffering from low iron levels.

Did you know that women require up to 18mg of iron per day but most consume less than 10mg within their daily diet? To help cover this shortfall, FAB IRON has developed iron supplements which deliver just the right amount of iron, are easily digested and are gentle on the stomach.

As our lifestyles get busier, our diet is becoming more inclusive of fast and pre-prepared food. The result of this modern diet is that low iron levels and iron deficiency are becoming more common. Other factors which contribute to low iron levels include overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, stress, menstruation, regular exercise, vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, pregnancy and breast feeding.

Low iron levels can result in feeling of tiredness, fatigue and a general lack of energy. In fact, 70% of Australian women aged between 25 and 55 years have diets deficient in iron, with low iron levels considered the single most common cause of fatigue in women. The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists iron deficiency as the most common nutrition deficiency in the world, with women, teenage girls and children being the most susceptible. 

Initial symptoms of iron deficiency include:
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Lack of energy and stamina
  • Poor work and intellectual performance
  • Decreased immune function
  • Heightened sensitivity to the cold
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Feeling weak
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness
  • Poor sleep
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle and thin nails
The inclusion of daily iron supplements can assist when diet alone does not deliver adequate iron and can be effective in preventing iron deficiencies. Taking either FAB IRON + Vitamin B Complex tablets or FAB IRON + Vitamin B Complex and Zinc capsules daily can help cover the shortfall of iron missing from the average diet. FAB IRON supplements contain just 10mg of iron, which is the ideal amount and not too much, as excessive iron intake can have negative effects such as stomach irritation, constipation and bloating.

All FAB IRON supplements contain vitamin C to assist with maximum iron absorption and vitamin B to help boost energy levels, while FAB IRON + Vitamin B Complex and Zinc also includes zinc to assist immune systems for when you feel extra run down.

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