Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia in which a person’s blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. As the name implies, iron deficient anemia is caused by insufficient iron – without iron the body cannot create hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen.
Symptoms of iron deficient anemia include shortness of breath, feeling fatigue, a general lack of energy, and a decreased ability to concentrate.
Personally, I have struggled with iron deficient anemia since my late teens. When I was first diagnosed, I put on a regimen of iron pills. They work to counteract the anemia, however, the side effects are not pleasant – constipation, bloating, and heavier periods to name a few. I stopped taking them after a while and instead enriched my diet with food high in iron: dark leafy greens, red meat, enriched grains, raisins, and beans. That has only helped so much.
As a Naturally Savvy Blogger, I was introduced to a different kind of iron supplement – pur-Absorb – and I would like to share it with you.
pur-Absorb is unique to the iron supplement market for many reasons: pur-Absorb is a 100% naturally occurring iron-rich spring water that has an over lower dose of iron than conventional iron supplements, and has high absorption rate of over 40% (conventional iron supplements average 18%). pur-Absorb has been scientifically shown to contain a type of iron that our bodies readily absorb with little difficulty. pur-Absorb comes straight from the Trefriw Wells Spa in the Snowdonia Mountain Range in North Wales, United Kingdom.
Each packet contains 5 mg of naturally-occurring elemental iron, in a mineral spring water form which is packaged right at the source (after filtration). For over two hundred years, this iron-rich water has been bottled and used as a natural iron supplement.
You can take pur-Absorb straight from the packet, or by diluting the packet in water, adding to orange, apple, pineapple, or tomato juice (grape juice is not recommended). Also, you should not take it with milk, as it reduces absorption by up to 50%.
I first tried pur-Absorb right out of the packet. I wasn’t the most pleasant drink (shot) in the world, but it was definitely tolerable. The next day I tried the packet mixed in cold water, and I could hardly tell the pur-Absorb was in the water at all (I partly attribute this to the coldness of the water).
The recommended way to take pur-Absorb is with orange juice. I don’t care for orange juice, but I love light apple juice, so that’s what I tried next. With the juice, I could not tell the pur-Absorb was mixed into the juice at all.
I’ve been using pur-Absorb foroticed about two weeks, and I have had no gastro-intestinal side effects. I have also noticed that I feel less fatigued and have more energy. Although I have not had my iron levels tested, I am confident they have risen.
To learn more about pur-Absorb, visit their website and see if this iron supplement would be appropriate for you too! You can find pur-Absorb Iron Supplements at drugstores, and you can also purchase it online on through Nelsons Natural World. A 28-count box has a suggested retail price of $19.95.
Disclosure: I was provided a sample from Naturally Savvy and pur-Absorb for review purposes. All opinions are my own. As this is a supplement, please discuss any changes to your supplement program with your healthcare provider before starting to use it, for health safety reasons.