There is no shortage of iron
Pulses (e.g. peas, beans and lentils) and soya bean products (e.g. soya milk and tofu) provide an excellent source of iron. As do dark green leafy vegetables
(e.g. broccoli and pak choy), wholegrains (e.g. wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta), dried fruits (raisins, prunes, apricots and figs) black treacle and plain dark chocolate.
It's worth noting though that only up to 15%1
of the iron in plant-based foods can be absorbed
by our stomachs and many foods that are rich in iron are also rich in substances that inhibit the absorption of iron, examples being phytates, polyphenols, tannins, calcium or oxalic acid.
In a recent study by the Department of Health, it was estimated that 46% of girls and 23% of women had low iron intakes. For women aged 25-49, the mean iron intake was 65% of the RNI (Reference Nutrient Intake); 29% of these women had iron intakes below the LRNI (Lower reference Nutrient Intake). 2
If you are eating plenty of iron-rich veggies but may still be feeling tired all of the time you may want to consider supplementing your diet with iron.
Spatone Liquid Iron Supplement
is a 100% natural liquid iron food supplement that can help you maintain healthy, normal iron levels whilst being gentle on the stomach.
and Spatone Apple
are both suitable for vegetarians, approved by the UK Vegetarian Society.
How to use
Adults and children over the age of 2:
- take one sachet a day
- take two sachets a day.
If pregnant or breastfeeding always consult your doctor or healthcare advisor before taking any food supplements.
Spatone Liquid Iron is ideally taken diluted in orange juice in the morning on an empty stomach or in between meals.
It is advisable to leave a 30 - 45 min gap between the consumption of iron supplements such as Spatone and the consumption of drinks such as tea or coffee or food.
Also available with a delicious apple taste and added Vitamin C - all the goodness of Spatone liquid iron now even more convenient!
1. Webster-Gandy J, Madden A, Holdsworth M Ed's (2006) Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics. Oxford University Press, Oxford
2. The National Diet & Nutrition Survey: Results from years 1-4 (combined) of the rolling programme (2008/2009 - 2011/2012)