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Product Review: Iron Supplements
 

Initial Posting: 12/28/17
Iron Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Choosing the Best Iron Supplement

How to Get Iron from the Best Iron Supplements

Top Picks for Iron Identified by ConsumerLab



Alphabetical list of iron supplement brands in report
Country Life Easy Iron Life Extension Iron Protein Plus Solaray BioCitrate Iron
Feosol Bifera HIP & PIC Iron Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Iron Solgar Gentle Iron
Fergon Nature Made Iron Spring Valley (Walmart) Iron
Ferro-Sequels Nature's Bounty Gentle Iron VegLife Vegan Iron Chewable
Floradix Iron Tablets NovaFerrum Pediatric Drops Liquid Iron Vitamin Friends Iron
Garden of Life mykind Organic Plant Iron & Organic Herbs NOW Iron Well at Walgreens Slow Release Iron
GNC Gentlesorb Iron Rexall [Dollar General] Iron Wellesse® Liquid Iron
Jamieson Iron    
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 Wellesse® Liquid Iron
Make sure the iron supplement you take passed our tests and is right for you! Isn't your health worth it?
Iron supplements can help to prevent and correct iron deficiency common in young women but also seen in children and among people taking drugs that reduce stomach acid. Iron supplementation may also reduce unexplained fatigue in women of child-bearing age, inhibit dry cough associated with ACE inhibitors, and reduce symptoms of restless legs syndrome in people with low ferritin levels.  

But choosing an iron supplement can be difficult: There are many different forms and doses of iron available, a wide range of prices, and some may be better manufactured than others.

To help you choose the best iron supplement, ConsumerLab.com independently purchased, tested, and reviewed iron supplements. Our tests revealed that most iron supplements contained what they claimed. However, one iron supplement failed tests.

Among products that were Approved in testing, ConsumerLab.com then carefully selected those providing the best form and value as its Top Picks.

You must be a ConsumerLab.com member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks and information on using iron. You'll get results for 22 supplements: 14 selected by ConsumerLab.com and eight that passed the same testing in CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program.  

You'll get the following information about iron supplements in this comprehensive report:
    • Which iron supplements failed and which passed
    • Which iron supplements were Approved for their quality, offer the best value, and are CL's Top Picks
    • The pros and cons of different forms of iron (such as carbonyl iron, ferrous bisglycinate, ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, and ferrous sulfate, as well as heme iron polypeptide, iron protein succinylate, polysaccharide iron complex, and plant-based iron) and which may be the best iron supplement for you
    • Iron dosage for specific applications, including anemia and unexplained fatigue
    • How to take iron to avoid stomach upset and increase absorption
    • Concerns, cautions, and potential drug interactions with iron supplements
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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Iron Supplements
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Why is iron not in many multivitamins? How can I find one that does contain iron? Get the answer >>

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