I don’t usually act like a commercial like this. I’m not making any money on this, I swear. But, people–especially pregnant and lactating women–ask me about iron supplementation all the time. Since I set up this website as a resource, I’m just going to put this out there.
I’m not an expert about supplementation, but I’d like to share about a product I think is pretty awesome. It is an iron supplement by Standard Process and it is called Ferrofood. It’s made with…wait for it…beef liver.
Ok, so really, if you ever read my blog ever ever ever, you will not be surprised that I’m excited about meat products, bovine liver notwithstanding. It also contains bovine bone and some other exciting animal products that might seem sorta freaky at first, but really are not. Really. Well, at least I’d eat it, whatever that’s worth. Yes, I’ve read Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s books and I’m up on the horrors of the animal foods industry. But, I found out about this product from this guy who is a homeopath who is pretty educated about supplementation and knows a lot about the company. The ingredient list can be viewed in full detail on Standard Process’s website: http://www.standardprocess.com/display/StandardProcessCatalog.spi?ID=74. Anyway, all that lovely bone and liver makes this product super duper absorbable and I feel great when I use it at those times I am tending toward iron deficiency.
If the mere mention of beef freaks you out, then there are other options. I know of a few on the market that are nice and made with whole foods and won’t cause nausea. The usual recommendation that most people get in whole foody, natural medicine circles as far as I know is Floradix, a non-constipating, vegetarian, liquid supplement. I used it. I liked it. It is a good product. BUT, it is a pretty pricey item. $35 for 17 oz? Yikes. And, it stains people’s teeth. I’m sure if you brush immediately after using it, that side effect could be offset. Still, I’ve heard that complaint more than once and experienced it myself. So, if you are vegetarian, this is a great product.