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The human body requires all forms of vitamins and minerals in order for it to function properly and to its fullest potential.
Many of us unknowingly suffer from deficiencies of some of these important vitamins and minerals.
As with the case of Iron the symptoms of deficiencies are; tiredness, fatigue and general lack of stamina. These are the initial symptoms and later if the intake is not corrected symptoms of deficiency include; breathlessness, giddiness, headaches, dim vision, insomnia, loss of appetite, indigestion, restless legs and tingling fingers and toes.
Iron is required by the body to make haemoglobin and therefore lack of iron causes low production of blood and thus all these symptoms.
There are many iron supplements and medications around and the most common of these are ferrous sulphate tablets. Iron is also an integral part of multi vitamin preparations and therefore the problem of deficiency can easily be tackled by making sure that you take such medication and/or eat foods that are high in iron content.
Good sources of iron include liver, beef, wholemeal bread, cereals, egg and dried fruit. Due to this particular fact that the main source of iron is from red meat, vegetarians are more prone to iron deficiencies. It is also essential that children receive the correct intake of iron, as it is an important part of their early growth.
Personally I do not suffer from an iron deficiency as my diet provides me with more than enough iron. However my wife on the other hand does and it is a combination of several factors that have caused her to have this deficiency.
First of all her diet is mostly vegetarian. She is not a vegetarian but her liking for meats are very limited and include only chicken and fish. These two foods, that she likes, do not provide the necessary intake of iron and that coupled with the fact that she only consumes these foods occasionally multiplies the problem.
She has mild anemia because of this and naturally she had tried to tackle the problem by taking in medication that contains the necessary iron. However this is where the second problem arises.
She and many others suffer from constipation and headaches due to iron intake. This is caused when the body tries to excrete the excess amount in the system. The body only requires small quantities to get its daily iron requirement, which is different in all people. Therefore an excess dosage is taken in the form of a tablet or in multivitamins. The body retains what is required and then excretes the excess. When you take iron in the form of tablets it first has to dissolve in the stomach and then only can it be used and distributed by the body.
Because of the severe constipation and headaches she stopped taking the medication and basically just had to live with the mild symptoms of deficiency and at the same time trying her best to take in more foods that contained iron. Over a period of several years she has fainted numerous times and also felt extremely tired and weak, especially towards the end of the day.
Fortunately for her we came across something just a couple of months ago that seems to have sorted out her problem, without her having to change her diet.
Spatone Iron+ was the medication that we discovered, on the recommendation of a doctor who was a friend of a friend.
The difference with Spatone Iron is that the body easily absorbs it since it is in the form of a liquid. It also contains just the right amount of iron required by the body and nothing excessive. The body uses whatever iron is present in the solution almost immediately since it does not have to dissolve. This is how the side effects are avoided.
My wife has been using Spatone Iron+ for about two months and it has helped her considerably. She certainly feels much for active and energetic and this in turn has improved her lifestyle considerably. She is much happier in general and now has the energy to do so many things that she just felt so tired and exhausted to do previously.
Spatone Iron+ is simply a mineral water. The iron is already in the solution and is not added. The iron is completely natural and comes as it pours from the rock.
It is produced at Trifrew Wells Spa, which consists of a large area of caves. The spa water that emanated from these caves was discovered hundreds over years ago. It was first bottled in 1875 and exported all over the world. In 1992 it was licensed as an official medicine for the prevention of iron deficiency anemia. Today over 10 million sachets are produced and sold in the U.K. and other countries worldwide.
Spatone Iron+ is packed in sachets of 20ml. They are then packed 28 sachets in a box. Each sachet provides you with 6.32mg if iron and they are taken one a day.
Since it is already in a solution you can have it directly. Alternatively you can add the contents to regular water or to juice if you require.
My wife says that the taste is metallic but I would think that this is purely physiological considering that this is actually mineral water with an unusually high content of iron. She usually has hers with orange juice first thing in the morning with breakfast.
As far as pricing goes this is quite expensive with the box of 28 sachets sold at £6.49.
These are not available at all pharmacies. Rather you will find them at the larger shops like Boots.
Spatone Iron+ is targeted mainly at those people that suffer complications from iron intake. Naturally this must be a common occurrence considering the quantities being sold here and worldwide.
For most of us, including myself, regular consumption of the foods containing high levels of iron is enough. For others iron tablets and multivitamins are an alternative.
However for those who suffer complications arising for iron intake, Spatone Iron+ provides one of the best solutions and one that my wife and myself are extremely grateful for.
More information on Spatone Iron+ can be obtained at the manufacturers official website at www.spatone.com
I thought this review was well-written because it contained a lot of pertinent information about iron deficiency, the problems people can have with the usual treatment of anaemia via ferrous tablets and how Spatone works to avoid those very problems. You'd usually have to research several different sites just to get all this info.
northern_lights 28.08.2002 22:20
Very interesting - I have similar problems to your wife - I shall have to go and investigate in Boots. Thanks for the info. Janet
drunkenabby007 27.08.2002 15:54
I have quite bad anaemia, and take iron, but as part of my mulit vit. I wanted veggie for 6 years, which is when it started. It's so hard to get a good balance! Abby xxx