White Plains, New York, January 4, 2018 —
Iron supplements not only treat iron deficiency, but can help reduce unexplained fatigue in women and symptoms of some forms of restless legs syndrome. But choosing an iron supplement and knowing how to use it can be difficult. Not all products are properly made and there are many strengths and forms available, including ferrous fumarate, gluconate, glycinate and bisglycinate, succinylate, and sulfate.
To help, ConsumerLab.com recently tested, reviewed, and compared
popular iron supplements sold in the U.S. and Canada. All of the products contained their listed amounts of iron but one product would not disintegrate within the required time, raising concern about absorption of its iron. The suggested serving of iron ranged from 10 mg to as much as 65 mg and the cost to get an equivalent amount of iron ranged from just one cent to over $2. Among products approved for quality, ConsumerLab.com carefully compared dose, cost, and forms of iron in the products — those that allow good absorption but are least likely to cause gastrointestinal side effects — to select its Top Picks
Iron deficiency, which is treatable with iron supplements, can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache and pale skin. It is most common in menstruating women but also is commonly seen in children and pregnant women. Few men are deficient in iron, and some may be at risk for iron excess
The new Iron Supplements Review
summarizes the clinical evidence, discusses dosage, potential side effects, drug interactions, and explains the differences between forms of iron and how to avoid stomach upset when taking iron supplements.
The Review includes test results and quality comparisons for 22 supplements. These include 14 selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com and eight that passed the same testing through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program
. Products covered in the review are: Country Life Easy Iron, Feosol Bifera HIP & PIC Iron, Fergon, Ferro-Sequels, Floradix Iron Tablets, Garden of Life mykind Organic Plant Iron & Organic Herbs, GNC Gentlesorb Iron, Jamieson Iron, Life Extension Iron Protein Plus, Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Iron, Nature Made Iron, Nature's Bounty Gentle Iron, NovaFerrum Pediatric Drops Liquid Iron, NOW Iron, Rexall [Dollar General] Iron, Solaray BioCitrate Iron, Solgar Gentle Iron, Spring Valley (Walmart) Iron, VegLife Vegan Iron Chewable, Vitamin Friends Iron, Well at Walgreens Slow Release Iron and Wellesse Liquid Iron.
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