Ferrochel® Iron Chelate is a potent iron supplement that is extremely well tolerated by the gastrointestinal system. Ferrochel® is a premier chelate from Albion Advanced Nutrition. It is safe for use by pregnant and lactating women, teenagers, and adults. Unlike most iron preparations, it will not result in constipation or gastric upset.
This amino acid chelated iron has a very high absorption rate.
Patients often complain of poor tolerance to their iron supplements resulting in gastric distress and/or constipation. This is not an issue with Ferrochel® -as it is extremely well tolerated by the gastrointestinal system.
Highlights of Ferrochel®:
A true iron chelate from Albion Advanced Nutrition
More absorbable and bioavailable with less gastrointestinal side-effects
Less potential for iron toxicity
Does not block absorption of other nutrients
Provides iron replenishment for a multitude of clinical applications, such as:
Ferrochel is a patented iron in the form of iron bis-glycinate, providing 27 mg of elemental iron (150% of RDA). Unlike common forms of supplemental iron, this form of iron carries no electrical charge, making it easier to absorb and less likely to block the absorption of other nutrients, such as vitamin E, ascorbic acid, and calcium. Because Ferrochel is a neutral, fully-reacted molecule, it doesn't break down in stomach acid and is delivered intact to the intestine, where it is easily absorbed. Inorganic iron supplements, such as ferrous sulfate, have low bioavailability and often produce unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, constipation and gastric upset. The form of iron in Ferrochel gives clinicians a better alternative.
CLINICAL NEED Iron is an essential nutrient in human health. It plays an important role in tissue oxygenation, immune function, connective tissue integrity, cardiovascular health, and cognitive development. Iron is a constituent of hemoglobin, myoglobin, ferritin, and a number of endogenous enzymes. While iron can be found in fresh green leafy vegetables, corn and in beans (soybeans, kidney beans), its bioavailability is poor from plant sources. Iron from meat is much more bioavailable, but many people have such poor digestive health that they avoid meat due to poor tolerance. For these, as well as other metabolic reasons, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people are suffering from iron deficiency anemia world-wide. It is more common in females, particularly those with heavy menses, and accounts for a significant amount of chronic fatigue and lethargy.
CLINICAL USAGE Ferrochel can be used to replete iron in cases of deficiency due to dietary factors, such as improperly managed vegetarianism, or in cases of malabsorption due to gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac or Crohn's. More functional forms of gastrointestinal mucosal damage and inflammation, such as food allergy, dysbiosis, and the use of various medications, can also alter absorption negatively. Ferrochel is the optimal form of iron to correct iron-deficiency anemia. However, underlying causes of iron-deficiency, such as heavy menses, ulcers, gastritis, stomach cancer, or other causes of chronic bleeding must also be evaluated in addition to supplementation. Studies in children have shown supplemental iron to improve nutritional status, physical fitness, and cognitive performance.
SAFETY While iron is critical for proper metabolism and tissue perfusion, too much can also be a problem. Ferrochel has been found to be safer than typical iron salts found in foods and dietary supplements, and does not produce any pathological side-effects in animals, even after long-term feeding. Various clinical trials have shown that iron bis-glycinate's (Ferrochel) absorption is controlled by body iron stores, with greater levels being absorbed by individuals with lower iron status. Albion has qualified Ferrochel (iron amino acid chelate) for self affirmation as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by producing an extensive array of independently run toxicology studies, and having them reviewed by a panel of food safety experts. These experts concluded that Ferrochel met the appropriate specifications to be considered GRAS for food fortification. The panel found Ferrochel to have a NOAEL (no observed adverse effect level) of greater than 500 mg of iron/kg bw/day. This is an astounding safety level for any iron ingredient, let alone one that has been shown to have the high level of bioavailability and effectiveness seen in the research on Ferrochel.
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5/14/2012 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by filek from new york city.
I'm pregnant now and my doctor asked me to supplement iron in my diet so I was looking for a healthy, plant derived iron and I found this! Before I was taking liquid folic acid (the same company- excellent thing!) and Design for Health is a wonderful choice to make! My blood test results came out fantastic!!!
3/14/2012 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Lorie from firstname.lastname@example.org.
This iron supplement is effective and does not cause me to be overly constipated.
Good iron supplement
10/30/2011 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Christine from Fraser, MI.
My son has JRA and is anemic because of it. This supplement is so much better than the ferrous sulfate he was originally put on. This doesn't cause the typical GI side effects that iron usually causes and is gentle on his stomach. Our ND recommended this and I'm very happy she did.
7/15/2011 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by F. M. from OH.
Designs For Health Ferrochel is a great iron supplement! It does not make me feel constipated like some iron supplements do.
11/23/2009 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)3
Reviewed by Barbara from Monterey, CA.
I have a kidney transplant. This helps prevent anemia. I still have to get Procrit injections twice a month .
good iron suppliment
1/12/2009 Ferrochel Iron Chelate Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Fleur from Fort Worth, TX.
I find this suppliment to be a great iron suppliment.