Xcel Health Superior Iron Now with MTHF

November 9 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Mineral supplements, Pregnancy

I am very excited to announce that our hugely popular iron supplement Xcel Health Superior Iron capsules have been updated and now contain the 5-MTFH form of folate, rather than Folic Acid.

I decided to change this nutrient to the “Active form” of folate, as this is the most abundant form of folate in the body, representing >90% of plasma folate.  It is also the principal form found in foods, breast milk and umbilical cord serum and it is the ONLY form of folate that crosses the blood-brain barrier.

Superior Iron – Hugely Popular in New Zealand with Midwives

Xcel Health Superior Iron

We know a lot of midwives and were recently advised that Xcel Health Superior Iron was mentioned as an Iron supplement for pregnant women.  It was mentioned at AUT, Auckland University of Technology, at a lecture on nutrition, given as a part of their Midwifery degree.

They like the product because of the forms of the nutrients we have used in it, but particularly the Iron bisglycinate, a form of iron considered four times more absorbable than the ferrous forms of iron; commonly found in over the counter iron supplements, as well as in Ferrograd.

Most people find they tolerate Iron Bisglycinate a lot better than Ferrous forms of iron and find that the liklehood of developing diarrhoea or constipation is much less and hence, absorption of the iron is better.

A reason for not being able to absorb the iron properly and developing these bowel changes, can be due to a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, something that can be easily addressed.

To “top up”  hydrochloric acid levels, simply mix 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (such as Braggs, Coral Tree or Halls Range) with 100ml of tepid water and take the iron supplement with this water.  If you have a candida overgrowth or a stomach ulcer, seek medical advice before doing this.

What else does Superior Iron contain?

I have combined all of the nutrients needed for the proper absorption of iron.

Each capsule of Superior Iron provides (so the elemental amount)
25mg of Iron, from Iron Bisglycinate
200mcg of Folate, from 5-Methyltetrahydrofolic Acid (5-MTHF)
50mcg of Vitamin B12, from Methylcobalamin
100mg Vitamin C, from Calcium Ascorbate

Why does Superior Iron only provide 25mg of Iron per capsule?

Believe me, if I could legally put more iron in each capsule, I would, as I know from experience that if your Ferritin is low, you need a heck of a lot more iron than 25mg.  But New Zealand manufacturers are required to adhere to Medsafe guidelines with regard to the mg/mcg amount of nutrients a supplement is allowed to contain, so we are limited in this way.

What are the main symptoms of low iron?

Symptoms of low iron include, but are not limited to:

Cravings for ice or cold drinks
Brittle hair and or peeling finger nails
Feeling light headed and dizzy – especially when bending down and standing up again
Being emotionally erratic
Poor appetite
Deficient in cognitive behaviour

A lot of people with low iron find it hard to shut their brain off at night time to go to sleep, even though they are exhausted.

I also believe one of the most common contributors to post natal depression is low iron.

Should you have a blood test to test your iron, before taking an iron supplement?

Ideally, Yes.  This is because low and high iron can display the same kind of symptoms.  HOWEVER, if you are a woman and you have been diagnosed with low iron in the past and you are experiencing the same symptoms, immediate supplementation may be advisable.

The main reason why I like to have an up to date Ferritin test is this gives us a base line level, so you know where you started (how low your iron level was), before supplementation.  This is important, because if you have an iron test that shows your level is low, take an iron supplement for a number of months and then get this retested and it has not changed, this lack of or poor absorption needs to be investigated and addressed.

My doctor said my iron test was normal but I am experiencing low iron symptoms

Would you believe, that at Auckland Labtests, where your (Aucklanders) blood tests usually go to, the reference range for a normal Ferritin test is for your result to fall anywhere between 20-360.  What a humongous reference range this is!

What this means, is your Ferritin result could be 21 and because this falls within the reference range, you will probably be told that ” This is within the reference range, so is a normal test result”.

In my experience, I have found that most women cannot function with a Ferritin level any lower than 80.  I know that I most certainly cannot.

You can read more about low iron here

If you think your iron is low and you want to talk to a naturopath about how to sort this out, give us a call or email us  naturopath@healthy.co.nz

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health


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