Viridian Liquid Iron
What is Organic Liquid Iron?
Viridian’s Organic Liquid Iron contains a unique, source of iron from organic murraya koenigii leaves (commonly known as sweet neem leaf, or curry leaf). Organic standardised extracts of holy basil leaf, guava, lemon peel provide B vitamins and organic acerola cherry juice and amla extract to provide a guaranteed level of vitamin C. Iodine is provided by organic arctic wrack seaweed. Organic Liquid Iron is a non-constipating formula with a pleasant orange taste, also featuring organic nettle and dandelion leaf infusions, honey and orange oil.
Organic liquid Iron is a source of natural:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6
- Folic acid
Iron is the most common deficiency and is one of the leading causes of poor health globally. Iron is naturally found in food sources such as red meat and in plant sources such as spinach, lentils, beans, nuts and dried fruit. Importantly, vitamin C is known to significantly enhance the absorption of iron from foods by forming an absorbable, iron-ascorbic acid complex.
Who is most likely to be deficient in Iron?
The following groups of people are most at risk of iron deficiency:
Vegetarian and vegan diets
Women during pregnancy
Children experiencing sudden growth spurts
People with high levels of physical activity
Other serious causes of iron deficiency anaemia may include internal bleeding, malabsorption syndromes and some medications.
Does Iron help with Anemia?
This is a condition where deficiency in dietary iron leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells and the concentration of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin is an important compound found in red blood cells which binds to oxygen and transports it from the lungs to the body’s tissues. It then removes and takes carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. The essential mineral iron is required for the production of haemoglobin, therefore low levels of iron intake may lead to anaemia.
What are the symptoms of Iron deficiency?
o Lack of energy
o Feeling faint
o Shortness of breath
o Pale skin
o Restless leg syndrome o Hair loss
Iron supplements have shown to correct deficiency in cases where diet is not providing sufficient levels. Once iron deficiency has been diagnosed via symptoms or with a blood test and its underlying cause addressed, iron levels need to be corrected.
Iron from plants is less efficiently absorbed than that from animal sources, therefore the RDA for iron from a completely vegetarian diet should be: 14 mg/day for adult men and postmenopausal women, 33 mg/day for premenopausal women, and 26 mg/day for adolescent girls. Daily iron losses are greater in athletes involved in intense endurance training due to increased microscopic bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract or destruction of red blood cells. The average requirement for iron may be 30% higher for those who engage in regular intense exercise.
Is Iron good for energy?
Low levels of iron in the body can lead to decreased energy levels and tiredness as lack of red blood cells and haemoglobin means less oxygen is able to be transported around the body during any minor activity. A randomised control trial showed that menstruating women who have unexplained fatigue and low ferritin stores even without diagnosed anaemia may benefit from iron supplementation. The results from this study showed that after 12 weeks of supplementing with iron, fatigue was reduced 50% from baseline compared to 19% in the placebo group.
Another long term study over five years revealed that iron supplementation in women with anaemia and experiencing heavy menstrual cycles showed improved energy levels, physical and mental functioning as well as lower depression and anxiety scores.7 B vitamins also play an important role in energy production. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is an essential nutrient required by the body to metabolise and utilise macronutrients. Vitamin B5 is therefore important for the production of energy in the mitochondria where the vitamin is found in the form of Coenzyme A.
Is Iron good for COGNITIVE HEALTH
Iodine has shown to support and improve cognitive health in children with iodine deficiency. In a randomly controlled double blind study of school children, results showed that 400mg of iodine for 24 weeks significantly improved information processing, fine motor skills and visual problem solving.8 There is also research to suggest that iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to poor cognitive outcomes in children.
Certain B vitamins have also proved to be important for cognitive health. A suboptimal status in vitamin B6 is associated with age related diseases such as impaired cognitive function and Alzheimer's disease. Low intakes of vitamin B6 increase with age and may also be low in vegetarian diets. A diet deficient in vitamin B5 has been linked to neurological and cognitive disorders.
Is Iron good for sports performance?
As low levels of iron in the body can lead to decreased red blood cells and haemoglobin, it is understandable that low iron levels can therefore have a significant negative impact in athletes. This appears to be a particular issue for female athletes, and in such cases it may prove beneficial for the athlete to take iron supplements. Studies have shown that oral iron supplementation in female athletes with low iron stores significantly improves energetic efficiency, endurance, work capacity and iron stores.
As a food supplement for adults, take 2 to 4 teaspoons (or 10 to 20 ml) daily. For children aged 6-12 take 2 teaspoons (or 10 ml) daily
For children aged 3-5 years take 1 teaspoon (or 5 ml) daily.
For children aged 1-3 years take 1⁄2 teaspoon (or 2.5 ml) daily.
Pregnancy and breast feeding: Safe for use in pregnancy and breastfeeding women.
Potential applications: Iron deficiency anaemia, tiredness and fatigue, cognitive health and sports performance.
Known contraindications of Iron
Adults with normal intestinal function have very little risk of iron overload from dietary sources of iron. However, acute intakes of more than 20 mg/kg of body weight, iron can lead to gastric upset, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain and faintness.17
Iron supplements should not be given to those with diagnosed Haemochromatosis.
Four teaspoons (approximately 20ml) typically provides: