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?

On sachet of Spatone typically contains 5mg of elemental iron, clinically shown to have a bioavailablity of up to 40% compared to an average 5 - 20% from food sources and 
3 -10% from conventional iron supplements in tablet format.

What is Spatone Apple?

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

 Spatone Apple is free from:

  • gluten
  • lactose
  • 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 supplement does not contain any additives. It's free from:

  • gluten
  • lactose
  • preservatives
  • artificial colours
  • artificial fragrances
  • sweetener
  • sugar

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 during pregnancy to help top up low iron levels. 

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

Are there any side effects with Spatone? 

Users during clinical trials reported no adverse reactions when taking Spatone on an empty stomach. Spatone therefore provides an effective alternative to standard ferrous sulphate tablets without the unpleasant side effects reported by many people.

Oral iron therapy is associated with side effects which include gastrointestinal irritation and pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting. These side effects are related to the amount of iron taken and are very unlikely to occur with Spatone when taken as recommended.

Which precautions do I need to take?

Iron supplements can sometimes cause stomach upsets and constipation. Although while taking Spatone this is unlikely, should problems occur tell your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, pharmacist or midwife). 
They may suggest you try a combination of the following steps: dilute Spatone in fruit juice or take in smaller amounts throughout the day e.g. half sachet at a time at intervals throughout the day between meals diluted with fruit juice.

Who shouldn’t take Spatone? 

People who know they have genetic haemochromatosis or carry the haemochromatosis gene should not take iron supplements including Spatone. Haemochromatosis is an inherited condition in which the accumulation of iron in the body can eventually lead to tissue damage resulting in cirrhosis of the liver and diabetes. It is a treatable condition and genetic testing is available.

Can children take Spatone?

Children over the age of two can safely take Spatone.

Can I overdose on Spatone?

Studies indicate that people with high iron stores will absorb little iron from Spatone. Spatone is thus a safe and effective iron food supplement which provides highly bioavailable iron for those requiring it, but should not cause iron overload in those with adequate iron stores.

In order to cause acute iron toxicity in young children it is probable that the contents of over 50 sachets would need to be drunk at once. Poisoning from excessive consumption is therefore unlikely.

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 Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for iron intake is approximately 14mg. This is because the RDA is based on the relatively poor iron absorption from foods. Typically only 5-20% of the iron in foods is actually absorbed.

Is Spatone suitable for diabetics?

Spatone is a 100% natural spa water with a high content of elemental iron. It therefore has no added ingredients such as sugars or glucose. It is unlikely that Spatone will interact with your diabetic medication.  Do check with your doctor if you have any concerns regarding your energy levels or symptoms related to iron deficiency.

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 does not stain teeth providing they are cleaned regularly. It is recommended to take Spatone away from tea which is well-known to stain teeth.

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 dosage is 1 sachet per day however if you are concerned about your iron levels please speak with your GP. 

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 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.


Please click on the links below to download our latest leaflets and brochures:

Spatone healthcare professional information

Healthcare professionals brochure

UK Spatone Fact Sheet 

To download Maggie Evans' article 'Iron deficiency through the female life cycle - who needs to care' (published in MIDIRS 2008), click here

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