Proferrin ES Heme Iron Polypeptide Dietary Supplement Tablets, Blue/Green, 90 Count, Basic
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|Primary Supplement Type||Iron|
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About this item
- Oral Heme Iron
- 10.5 mg of Iron as Heme Iron Polypeptide
- Naturally occurring iron source
- Recommended Use: Take one tablet up to three times daily, with or without food
- Made in the USA by Colorado Biolabs, Inc
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Proferrin ES is an iron supplement with Heme Iron Polypeptide, a natural form of iron that effectively provides benefits you simply can’t find with other iron sources.
Compared to traditional non-heme iron supplements, Proferrin ES offers:
- 10-23 times greater absorption **
- One Proferrin ES tablet provides as much absorbable iron as over 12 ounces of steak
- Proven to have less side effects ***
- Less than 2% instance of GI side effects in multi-center clinical study(common among non-heme iron supplements)****
- Can be taken with or without food
- Not affected by coffee or calcium
- Does NOT have to be taken with Vitamin C
- Made in the USA
- Unlike other iron sources, Proferrin Heme Iron Polypeptide is manufacturer at our US facility
- 10.5 milligrams of iron in every tablet
- No need to take several tablets (like beef spleen products) or wonder how much iron is in Proferrin. We test every batch!
Why take Proferrin? What's the difference?
Heme iron simply provides significantly more absorbable iron compared to non-heme iron. With Proferrin, the body can absorb 10-24 times more absorption as compared to a typical (non-heme) iron supplement.**
Not effected by coffee, calcium, or PPI's
A common issue with non-heme iron supplements, Proferrin is NOT effected by coffee, calcium, PPI's, and can be taken with or without food!*
Easy on your gut
With non-heme iron supplements, "free iron" can cause GI side effects. With Proferrin, higher absorption leads to less "free iron" in the gut as compared to non-heme iron supplements.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** Nam, Tae-Sik & Shim, Ji & Kim, Byung-Ju & Rah, Young & kwang hyun, Park & Kim, Seon-Young & Mun, Eun-Gyeng & Jeong, Young-Ju & Han, Myung-Kwan & Cha, Youn-Soo & Chae, Soo-Wan & Im, Mie-Jae & Kim, Uh-Hyun. (2006). "Clinical Study on the Iron Absorption from Heme-Iron Polypeptide and Nonheme-Iron*." Nutritional Sciences The Korean Nutrition Society. 9. 295-300.
*** Ndegwa, Sarah, and Raymond Banks. (2007). “Heme Iron Polypeptide (Proferrin) versus Oral and Injectable Iron Products for the Treatment of Anemia.”
****Abdelazim IA, Abu-Faza M, Elbiaa AA, Othman HS, Alsharif DA, Elsawah WF. Heme iron polypeptide (proferrin-ES) versus iron saccharate complex (ferrosac) for treatment of iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy. Acta Med Int 2017;4:56-61
Proferrin ES is a Dietary Iron Supplement that is Made in the USA by Colorado Biolabs, Inc. Each Tablet contains 10.5 mg of Iron as Proferrin Heme Iron Polypeptide. Heme is a natural form of iron derived from USDA edible red blood cells and is intended for individuals seeking to maintain normal iron levels. Recommended Use: Take one tablet up to three times daily, with or without food. Proferrin ES should be stored at room temperature. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 2 x 4.25 inches; 3.68 Ounces
- Item model number : GHSTM
- Date First Available : August 15, 2014
- Manufacturer : Proferrin ES
- ASIN : B00MJPVZC6
- Country of Origin : USA
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,715 in Health & Household (See Top 100 in Health & Household)
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WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately. CAUTION: Individuals with disorders leading to high iron levels such as hemochromatosis should not ingest iron supplements.This product is labelled to United States standards and may differ from similar products sold elsewhere in its ingredients, labeling and allergen warnings
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silicon dioxide, calcium stearate, povidone, and green coating [polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, talc, FD&C Yellow #5(aluminum lake), FD&C Blue #2(aluminum lake), and titanium dioxide]
RECOMMENDED USE: Take one tablet up to three times daily, with food
Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
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I was taking iron bis-glycinate, but while effective when taken on an empty stomach, I felt like I had swallowed a balloon. When I took iron bis-glycinate with meals (away from calcium), it was not effective after 4 months of use.
I take proferrin with meat stock first thing in the morning; apparently it absorbs better in the presence of amino acids: "free amino acids as cysteine, lysine and histidine enhanced heme and ionic Fe absorption in experimental models". Also iron absorption is apparently not sensitive to calcium in doses of less than 800 mg at a time. "Calcium does not inhibit the absorption of 5 milligrams of nonheme or heme iron at doses less than 800 milligrams". Where other forms of iron are inhibited by phytates and polyphenols, heme iron is not. Lastly, I understand (hopefully correctly) that heme iron may cause less oxidative stress than other forms. I hope that as a result, it lowers the risk of Alzheimer's disease associated with iron supplementation.
Update: I was taking 1 pill per day at the time of this review. Since then my ferritin levels dropped to 20, so I began taking 2 per day. Fortunately I did this without any gastrointestinal upset, but unfortunately, 2/day only brought my ferritin up to 21 (I got this blood test result back today). Iron repletion is obviously extraordinarily complex. I'm baffled by it.
Update July 2018:
My ferritin dropped to 20, then to 17, 13, and finally to 10 while taking approximately 7 proferrin per week. During that time I tried alternating schedules, taking it with broth, lactoferrin, pepsin. Nothing worked. Once my ferritin had dropped to 10, I decided to take 30 mg per day, which is apparently the max you can take without causing expression of Hepcidin (prevents the uptake of iron). Also, I had been inspecting my stool (I know, gross...) and found pockets of dry black powder from undissolved proferrin pills. These pills look like black charcoal on the inside, which is probably why the coat is colored (green). Obviously absorption won't happen if they haven't dissolved.
I started taking 3 pills (30 mgs) each morning, all at once, on an empty stomach, away from calcium. Most importantly, I cut each pill in half before taking, which seemed to help disintegration because I found no more black powder in stools. As a result, my ferritin climbed back up to 17 after 1 month of this routine. I'll continue checking ferritin levels each month until it has reached a steady state. Hopefully no more downturns.
Update November 2018:
My monthly ferritin levels have continued to rise on the schedule of three pills per day, cut, on an empty stomach, and away from calcium. Here are my ferritin results (ng/ml): August (16), September (21), October (25), and November (40). Awesome. Feeling so much better.
I ate a bunch of meat that summer into fall--like every day for four months--and my level increased to 12. Then I tried other iron supplements: iron bisglycinate, dessicated beef liver pills, Floradix, Hema-plex, Ferrasorb, etc., for almost a year. The ferritin increased to 15. I felt like I was getting nowhere.
Then in the middle of the night during one of my awake periods earlier this year (2016), I was researching PLMD and restless leg journal studies desperately searching for an answer. I came across a journal article that said that heme iron worked a lot better than non-heme iron and patient ferritin levels increased dramatically in a short period of time. I googled heme-iron supplements in the US and found Proferrin. I thought it couldn't hurt because my iron had been tested mid-February and had gone back down to 14. I felt like I had to do something, but it's kind of expensive, so I started with this 30 pill bottle.
I bought it on March 12. It arrived on the 14th. I started taking 1-2 pills a day until I had my blood checked again on May 19th. My serum ferritin level had increased from 14 to 47!!!!!!!! My hemoglobin had increased from 12.1 to 13.5 and iron was up from 30 to 80! Very impressive results. Now, I order the bottle of 90! Proferrin ES Heme Iron Polypeptide Dietary Supplement Tablets, Blue/Green, 90 Count . I had surgery in June and lost a lot of blood, so I am taking it again...this time 2-3 pills per day. I also take iron cofactors--B12 (hydroxocobalamin) and methylfolate (L-5-MTHF). I don't know if those help, but I've taken them before with other iron supplements and never had my iron levels get up so high! So I would highly recommend this iron supplement...especially if you're a menstruating woman who's ferritin level is below 50!
What's helpful to me is that they do not interfere with the absorption of calcium like some other 'iron' supplements do, so I am able to take them throughout the day. Because of my condition, I require more than a normal person would, and I have bloodwork drawn several times a year to confirm that I am not overdosing on it.
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