The central issues concering hemoglobin iron as supplement. @heme, @heme iron
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Two kinds of dietary iron usable
There are only two kinds of iron that we can use; heme iron from meat, poultry or fish and non-heme iron from vegetables, dairy products or chemically bonded iron in the usual supplements.
Heme iron is 100 % natural, not syntethic.
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There are two pathways for dietary iron. Heme iron, which is found in all meat products, is absorbed efficently and neatly as a whole unit. The other kind is simply non-heme iron and has to be broken down in the gut before the iron can be absorbed. Most of the highly reactive free iron remains in the gut and causes side-effects such as constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The uptake of non-heme iron is also affected by other foods consumed.
Heme iron in meat courses most important source of iron
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Uptake is five times better than non-heme ironHeme iron is natural for man and still is the best and most efficient way of absorbing the iron we all need to live and for our bodies to function properly. In a normal diet heme iron from meat products play a large role. The regular iron supplements today are syntethic and often produce gastro-intestinal side-effects which in many cases terminate the important therapy
No known side effects, tolerance on placebo-level
In studies the incidence of side-effects with heme iron products is at placebo level. The mechanism of uptake for heme iron does not leave free iron ions in the gut that may cause disturbancies and are potentially carcinogenous.
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Pure hemolyzed hemoglobin powder derivated from the food industry as raw material for iron substitution has been of interest in Sweden since the early seventies, as this is by far the best-tolerated and efficient form of iron.
Over the years the raw material has been developed and used in a number of products.
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Large scale usage since over 20 years
Bovine and porcine hemoglobin in food supplement tablets have been in use in Scandinavia since the 1970-ies with no serious side effects ever reported and no cases of poisoning in literally millions of users. Efficacy is good and there is an extremely good record of tolerance.
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No serious side effects or cases of poisoning ever reported
Unlike non-heme iron, absorption is not affected by other chelating components of the diet such as phytates, tannates and phosphate. Heme iron will always be absorbed - in all clinical situations.
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Heme iron will always be absorbed, in any clinical situation
Heme iron normally only forms a part of daily dietary intake, but is more readily absorbed than non-heme iron. Unlike non-heme iron, absorption is not affected by other chelating components of the diet such as phytates, tannates and phosphate.
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Other food, drink or medication will not affect uptake
There is a large number of chronics in various diseases with anaemia, These are for instance Chronic kidney disease, Inflammatory bowel disease or Coronary heart disease patiens and many others. Chronics usually receive regular syntethic oral non-heme tablets in high doses until treatment fails due to side-effects. The remaining alternative is very expensive and inconvenient intravenous iron. There are potential risks with repeated iron injections over a longer perod of time: overdosing and increased oxidative stress
Heme iron can be taken over long time, ideal for chronics