Iron Absorption Tips

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The following tips include foods and ingredients which inhibit or enhance the absorption of iron and are thus recommended to be either avoided or actively consumed when taking iron supplements like pur-Absorb:

  • Avoid drinking tea or wine within 30 - 45min of taking iron supplements.The tannin in both these drinks can bind iron which prevents iron absorption in the stomach. Phosphates in carbonated drinks can have the same effect.
  • Leave 30 - 45min between the consumption of iron supplements and milk (e.g. in cereal). One glass of milk (contains ~ 165mg of calcium) can reduce the absorption of iron by more than half! The same applies to dairy products (e.g. yogurt) and Vitamin and Mineral supplements high in calcium.
  • Phytates in cereal can also inhibit iron absorption. Leave a 30 - 45min gap between the consumption of cereal and iron supplements
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is known to assist with the absorption of iron- that's why we recommend diluting pur-Absorb in a glass of orange juice.

If you can't tolerate orange juice try apple, mango or pineapple juice.