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Garden of Life Vitamin Code Iron Supplement, Healthy Blood - 60 Vegan Capsules, 28g Iron, Vitamins B, C, Trace Minerals, Fruit Veggies & Probiotics, Iron Supplements for Women Energy & Anemia Support
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- BOOSTED IRON ABSORPTION: Vitamin Code RAW non-binding iron pills contain 28mg of gentle whole food iron and whole food vitamins C, B-6, and B-12 to support iron absorption and utilization
- PROBIOTICS AND ENZYMES: Our vegan iron supplement includes a RAW probiotic and enzyme blend for digestive support
- ENERGY SUPPLEMENT: Our iron vitamins support healthy hemoglobin levels, healthy blood circulation, healthy homocysteine metabolism, increased energy, improved physical performance, and skin health
- NATURAL COFACTORS: Vitamin Code iron supplements include a RAW Veggie Mineral Blend of 17 organically grown vegetables & 75 ancient soil based alkalizing trace minerals containing natural cofactors
- VEGAN VITAMIN: Our real food iron supplement is RAW, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free with No Binders or Fillers. Offers anemia support
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We want the best when it comes to our food - clean, organic, and non-GMO. Why would we want anything different for our vitamins and supplements?
We are fanatical about food. We’re different that way. Whether we’re making a vitamin, or a probiotic, or a protein powder, we always start with real foods and these (foods) provide our formulas the power to be their best. We’re different that way, too. The synthetically created, chemical “breakthroughs” from huge commercial laboratories around the world are not for us.
As fanatical as we are over what goes into our products, we are even more obsessed about the things we keep out of them. We hate those synthetic chemicals that most companies use to make their products. This stuff makes machines work faster, and helps factories churn out super-sized containers at higher “efficiency.” Well, while the other guys spend their time preoccupied with their efficiency, we’re uncompromising about your health. Slow it down, make it by hand, grow it in rich organic non-GMO soil with enough sun, air, water and time for it to be its best. Harvest it when ready. Treat it with care. Turn it into a power-packed nutritious food supplement. That’s what we are about.
The Science of Whole Food
Your body was created to eat, process, and derive its nutrition from food—real, healthy food. So, when we create our products, we start by looking at food. What is the “good stuff” in the highest quality food that we are missing in our diets? Which of those foods have the greatest potential to impact—and empower—extraordinary health?
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We start with what goes IN our products—true, whole food ingredients. But we don’t stop there. We also pay very close attention to what we keep OUT of them. And once again, we look at food—real nutrition food. When is the last time you picked up an apple, turned to read the ingredients, and saw a list of chemicals? If it’s not in your food, then we don’t want it in our supplements.
Traceability is key to what makes Garden of Life’s products so special. Traceability starts with knowing where each and every ingredient in our products comes from and getting to know each and every source: where it’s grown; the farming practices; how they pay and treat the farm workers—everything. That’s why it’s so important to start with Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified fruits and vegetables that are grown without these chemicals. We want to get the good stuff from foods that are grown without any of the bad stuff.
Go beyond vitamins and minerals with Vitamin Code Healthy Blood, providing the building blocks your body needs for blood and skin health, plus increased energy and physical performance.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 2.32 x 2.32 x 4.16 inches; 3.53 Ounces
- Item model number : 102009
- Date First Available : September 11, 2012
- Manufacturer : Garden of Life
- ASIN : B0098U0QWA
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As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision.Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a physician or poison control center immediately.This product is labelled to United States standards and may differ from similar products sold elsewhere in its ingredients, labeling and allergen warnings
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Adults take 2 capsules daily. May be taken with or without food. Capsules may be opened and contents may be added to water or raw juice. Not intended for children.
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This is a great product. What I found amazing is that it also contains 400 mcg of Folate (not folic acid) 100% daily allowance. This is important because it is almost impossible to get Folate as a supplement. The Folate is produced as part of the whole food process in creating the supplement. This is a great bonus!! Taking too much folic acid can be harmful because the body needs to convert folic acid to Folate. Folate, on the other hand, is what is found in foods and it is what our bodies metabolize. As we age, our body converts less folic acid to Folate thereby leaving more folic acid in the body. As the folic acid builds up, it can cause problems of its own (google it). Therefore, especially if you are getting older, pay attention to how much folic acid you consume through supplements. Because this is Folate, it is already in the natural form that would be ingested as with any foods we eat. Great product for Iron, but also great product for Folate!!! This is just one example of why GOL is a superior company for supplements.
Note: I am confident the Folate is derived from the whole food process and not "Folate (as Folic Acid)" as you will see on other supplements. But, I wanted to confirm it, so I call GOL product support and the representative I talked to said that their science team did verify the Folate is the natural form of Folate being produced from the whole food process (i.e., not synthetic Folic Acid being added as Folate).
[+] WHAT MAKES A GOOD IRON SUPPLEMENT?
We've heard about nutrition being more "bioavailable." For example, coenzymed vitamins are in a form that is ready for cells to use which makes it more bioavailable. Minerals are chelated in advance to allow them to be absorbed through the intestinal wall which makes them more bioavailable. So what makes iron more bioavailable? Well, I figured this out and the answer is small particle size. You see, I found out that a very, very small amount of iron is used within the hemoglobin structure (i.e., the red blood cell). In fact, this structure is composed of four polypeptide chains with each chain containing only 1 atom of iron meaning 4 iron atoms is all that is needed to make one red blood cell. Yep, you read that right - 4 atoms. So, knowing that, what makes iron more bioavailable is small particle size. The smaller the particle size, the more surface area that is available for "an atom" of iron to be pealed off the "chuck" of iron (in relative terms even a small shaving of iron is a huge chunk when we are only talking about 1 atom).
This is why I believe GOL to have a superior iron supplement. Because GOL uses a whole food process, only the smaller particles of iron are picked up by the cells (in the whole food process when creating the supplement) because it makes sense that a cell can't absorb large particles. When the supplement is digested in the human GI tract, the particles of iron are at the "right" size for bioavailable consumption. Then single atoms are pealed away to be available to be used in creating red blood cells. For iron, bioavailability is all about physics. The smaller the particle size, the more surface area available to peel off single iron atoms. I also suspect the smaller iron particle size is why this product is less likely to upset the stomach because there is less "left over" iron for your body to expel after single atoms are pealed away.
[+] IRON ABSORPTION (8/1/2018 update)
I talked to Lee, the garden of life representative. The GOL iron in this supplement is non-heme iron in the form of Ferrous Sulfate. This typically has an absorption rate of 2-20%; however, GOL reports that combining the iron in a whole food process increases the absorption such that it is possible to absorb the full 120%. For example, I have read that digesting Iron with Vitamin C can increase Iron absorption by 30%. Note that each person's absorption rate will vary; for example, a person with Iron deficiency will absorb more Iron than someone not deficient. Therefore, it would be virtually impossible to state the actual absorption of the product for any one individual. GOL states that they provide the constituents to maximize Iron absorption up to the 120%.
I did some searching about this subject, and there is little specific information on how the non-heme iron actually gets absorbed. I suspect that it acts similar to other minerals in that it needs to bind to a substance to be pulled across the intestinal wall much like other minerals that need to be chelated to amino acids to be absorbed. The iron in this product is Ferrous Sulfate, which is ionic (meaning it needs an electron). Vitamin C has an extra electron. Normally this extra electron is pulled from the Vitamin C when it is acting as an antioxidant. However, I suspect that this extra electron binds it to the ionic Ferrous Sulfate Iron. When the Vitamin C gets absorbed, so does the iron. I suspect this is why Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron, but it's just a guess on my part.
[+] HEME vs. NON-MEME IRON (8/1/2018 update)
Heme Iron is found in meat/animal products. This type of iron is already is already bound to a protein, which makes it easier to be absorbed by the small intestine. Because it is found in animal tissue, the iron is already broken down to a single atom (i.e., the animal that digested the non-heme iron did the work of breaking down the iron into a single atom to be used). Non-heme iron is found in plants, and is considered elemental iron. The body has the ability to regulate the absorption of non-heme iron better than heme iron; therefore, for most people, it would be safer to digest a plant based non-heme iron, which is what this product contains.
[+] GOL MAKES ANOTHER GOOD IRON SUPPLEMENT:
Garden of Life makes another good iron supplement in addition to this one. It is Garden of Life Iron Complex - Vitamin Code Raw Iron Whole Food Vitamin Supplement, Vegan, 30 Capsules . This iron complex has 22 mg of iron with a serving size of 1 capsule. It also has more Vitamin B12 with 500 mcg 8330% DV. So, if you prefer to take only 1 capsule instead of 2 and 22 mg (120% DV) is sufficient or you want a little more B12 with your iron supplement, then this product is also a good choice. If you found this review helpful and clicked the helpful button, you might also find the review I wrote for this product helpful as well. Too much? :)
[+] A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: 6/22/2017 update
This is a personal experience that attests to this product's quality. I have had a condition for years in which my liver causes me discomfort. For some reason beet juice would correct it, at least for a while. I eventually put 2 and 2 together and figured out what might be affecting my liver are low iron levels since beet juice (freshly made) is a good source of iron, and I already have been tested and do have low iron levels (on the low side but still within the normal range). I then started taking this supplement along with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Milk Thistle (which help with liver regeneration). When I add this iron supplement to these other supplements, I notice a difference in how fast I recover from a liver episode. Remember that this is all anecdotal. My point is not to provide proof; rather, to give an experience that maybe might allow someone else to use this information to their benefit if they also have liver issues. Because I notice a difference when I take this product, I at least know the iron is being absorbed properly when I take it. I hope this helps someone.
[+] FOLIC ACID vs. FOLATE: 7/9/2017 update
I also wanted to add a note about Folate vs. folic acid. Folic acid is not found in nature; it is made synthetically. Our bodies convert Folic Acid to Folate. I think the issue is not the product of the conversion (i.e., the conversion yields the same Folate molecule structure), but whether all of the Folic Acid IS getting converted. Because Folic Acid is synthetic, whatever does not get converted then needs to be flushed out of the body. So, there is an intake process, a conversion process, and a flushing process all going on at the same time. If the conversion process does not keep up with the intake process, then too much Folic Acid can build up in the system. This is primarily why there is an upper limit for Folic Acid as noted of this government fact sheet:
"Folate that is naturally present in food is not harmful. Folic acid in supplements and fortified foods, however, should not be consumed in amounts above the upper limit, unless recommended by a health care provider" (Source1, Can folate be harmful?).
As a person focused on nutrition, I look at all the ingredients listed on my supplements. The problem is that you would be surprised at how many supplements "sneak" Folic Acid into their supplement. For example: I take a Methyl B-12. The 5,000 mcg formula includes Folic Acid (100% Daily Value), but the 1,000 and 10,000 mcg formulas do not. Therefore, I take the 10,000 mcg not because I need the extra 5,000 mcg, but because 1,000 is too low and I don't want the extra Folic Acid in the 5,000 mcg formula. It is surprising how many foods and supplements include Folic Acid. It is therefore not surprising that this over abundance of Folic Acid in the foods and supplements we ingest might be causing some problems as noted in some studies on the web. With Folate, there is no issue because it is a "B" vitamin which is water soluble ("B" vitamins flush very easily out of the body). Now you might then ask, why doesn't Folic Acid flush as easily. I don't know, but I would suspect that it is because Folic Acid is not a "true" B-vitamin (remember, it is created or synthesized in a lab and then "converted" into a B-vitamin). I hope this helps.
[+] BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES - High in iron: 9/5/2017 update
I now take Blackstrap Molasses along with this product. Blackstrap Molasses has 20% iron in one tablespoon. This helps supplement the iron with more bio-available iron from a natural food source. Start out taking only a teaspoon because it can be a little overpowering (i.e., on the sweet side). After you do that for a couple of days, you should be able to increase to a tablespoon without any issues. I take one tablespoon in the morning. This is the product I would recommend: Plantation Blackstrap Molasses, Organic, 15 oz (Pack of 2)
[+] KEEPING MY IRON LEVELS UP: 10/6/2017 update
I have been taking both Vitamin Code Healthy Iron and Blackstrap Molasses, and I feel the combination of the two really helps my iron levels. When I stop taking these, my liver symptoms return. Then I start taking both, and my liver symptoms clear up again. This has happened multiple times, so it seems clear these two correlative events are linked.
[+] FOODS THAT INHIBIT IRON ABSORPTION: 5/11/2018 update
Since the whole point of taking iron is to have it be absorbed into your body, I thought it would be nice to know foods that inhibit iron absorption. I checked out Live Strong and thought I would list the foods they report as being iron inhibitors:
- Eggs - contains phosvitin, which binds iron together thereby preventing absorption.
- Calcium-rich Foods - Does not affect absorption if less than 50 mg; 300 to 600 mg taken daily can inhibit iron absorption.
- Oxalate-rich Foods - Commonly found in tea. So if you are a heavy tea drinker, do not combine with foods or supplements.
- Polyphenol-rich Foods - Primarily cocoa and coffee. Cocoa can inhibit up to 90 percent, and coffee up to 60 percent.
- Walnuts - contain phytates that can inhibit iron.
Now take this all with a grain of salt (nope, salt doesn't inhibit iron). I personally wouldn't stop eating these foods just to get more iron absorption. I would use it more as a guideline such as if you are a heavy tea or coffee drinking then maybe not a good idea to take this supplement while drinking coffee all day long to stay awake at work. I would suggest to take this supplement right before bedtime since that is when your meal has mostly been digested (of course not with a calcium supplement). This is all just information to be used with some common sense when reviewing daily eating and supplement intake habits. It is good to note that even though these foods might prevent iron absorption, the information is not very specific meaning they don't say how much of a food is needed to impact absorption (except for the calcium). I hope this helps. It helped me since I do drink tea heavily at times.
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As of October 2018 I had my annual physical, and with it, some routine blood work done. I'm no longer categorized as anemic, and my platelets, hemoglobin levels, red blood cell counts, etc. we're all exemplary! I can't testify from a medical standpoint because I'm not a physician, but I can attest to this supplement having a positive impact on my overall health and well being. I eat relatively healthy, but definitely know this supplement helped. Hope this all helps!
One thing to keep in mind is that, Do Not take this together with your prenatal multivitamin! Calcium hinder the absorption of iron. What I did was to take it before bed time when my stomach is almost empty, as I heard that's when your body absorbs iron more efficiently.
I don't feel the effects all the time but I am ok with that since my dizziness, fatigue, and headaches have gone down.
One morning after drinking coffee and a small breakfast, I was outside working around the house in 40 degree weather. I was so cold and tired that I just didn't feel like moving. I went inside and searched for something to take and decided on these.
After 20 minutes I had energy and so much circulation through my body, that I had to take my coat off and just felt completely balanced and felt a strong sense of vigor!
Of course I don't feel that all the time when taking these which is probably because my iron levels are more balanced now after taking these since I don't eat meat.
At times, I like to do half a dose so I am not overdoing it or will intentionally skip a day or 2 to give my body a rest from supplementation. Overall one of my favorite garden of life products!
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