Please find below a collection of the most frequently asked questions about Spatone

To ask a question write to: spatone@nelsons.net

What are the ingredients of Spatone?

One sachet of Spatone typically contains 5mg of elemental iron, scientifically shown to be a highly absorbable source of iron with an average absorbtion of 40% compared to an average 5 - 15% from food sources.

What is Spatone Apple?

Spatone Apple simply combines Spatone with a delicious apple concentrate from a 100% natural source and added Vitamin C (absorbic acid).

 Spatone Apple is free from:

  • artificial colours
  • sweetener

Where can I buy Spatone?

Spatone Apple is currently available in Boots, Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and independent pharmacies and health food stores or online.

Does Spatone contain any additives?

Spatone, natural iron food supplement does not contain any additives. It's also free from:

  • preservatives
  • artificial colours
  • sweetener
  • sugar
  • gluten
  • calcium

How do I take Spatone?

Spatone natural iron food supplement is ideally taken in the morning on an empty stomach diluted in orange juice.Please allow 30 - 45min before having coffee or tea, or eating breakfast.

You can also take Spatone between meals or as the last thing at night before going to sleep.

Spatone Apple is pre-mixed in an apple concentrate so it's ready to be consumed without being mixed in a fruit juice.

Which drinks are best to dilute Spatone in before taking? 

Juices such as Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Apple, Pear or Grapefruit juice are all rich in Vitamin C but low in tannins and therefore suitable to take with Spatone. 

However dark coloured juices (such as red grape juice) are not suitable as these contain a high level of tannins which can reduce the absorption of iron. 

How much Spatone can I take during pregnancy?

You can take two sachets of Spatone a day. 

If pregnant or breastfeeding please consult your doctor or health care professional before taking any food supplements or medicines.

Are there any effects of iron supplements? 

Iron supplements can cause unwanted effects such as stomach irritation and constipation. These side effects are related to the amount of Iron not absorbed. 

The amount of Iron in Spatone is low; due to the high bioavailability it can result in fewer side effects that are often experienced when taking an iron supplement.

Who shouldn’t take Spatone? 

If you are on any medication or have a pre existing condition you should consult your doctor before taking any food supplements

Can children take Spatone?

Children over the age of two can take Spatone. One sachet per day.

Can I overdose on Spatone?

Spatone should be taken in accordance with the pack directions. The stated amount should not be exceeded. If you accidently take more, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How much iron does the human body need? 

The body's daily need for iron is about 2mg for women and 1-1.5mg for children and men.

However, the Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) for iron intake is approximately 14mg. This is because the NRV is based on the relatively poor iron absorption from foods. Typically only 5-15% of the iron in foods is actually absorbed.

Is Spatone suitable for diabetics?

Spatone is a 100% natural iron-rich water and does not contain sugars or glucose. If you are taking medication for diabetes, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before using the product.

Is Spatone suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans?

Spatone and Spatone Apple are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Both products are approved by the UK Vegetarian Society.

Will Spatone stain my teeth?

Spatone should not stain teeth providing they are cleaned regularly. 

To reduce any chances of staining you should dilute Spatone with fruit juice or you could use a straw to minimise the contact between the teeth and the liquid iron.

Can bananas inhibit the absorption of iron? 

While bananas do contain Vitamin C, they also contain high levels of oxalic acid which can inhibit iron absorption therefore it is best to avoid eating bananas when taking an iron supplement.

Does milk inhibit the absorption of iron? 

Yes, calcium inhibits the absorption of iron. 

Can I take Spatone while breastfeeding? 

Yes. Suggested one sachet per day. However if you are concerned about your iron levels please speak with your doctor. 

Can I take a multivitamin with Spatone? 

Yes, as long as the multivitamin does not contain iron. 

Do not take Spatone and a multivitamin containing iron. 

What time of day should I take Spatone? 

You may take Spatone any time throughout the day as long as Spatone is taken 30-45 minutes away from food, tea, coffee or alcohol. 

Can I take Spatone on an empty stomach? 

Yes, Spatone is best taken on an empty stomach.

Can I drink Spatone without diluting it? 

Yes, both Spatone and Spatone Apple can be taken undiluted.

Do calcium supplements interfere with the absorption of iron? 

Calcium inhibits iron absorption so it’s best not to take calcium and iron supplements together. It is best to space the doses of the two supplements 1 – 2 hours apart.

How much liquid should I use to dilute Spatone? 

You can dilute Spatone with as much liquid as you like. 

We suggest half a cup so it is easily consumed immediately.