Which Oral Iron?

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin in red blood cells that carries oxygen from lungs to every part of the body. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common nutritional disorder, accounts for nearly half of all anemia cases, and is most prevalent among preschool children and women. 

Iron deficiency causes many health disorders, including anemia which occurs when a person is not capable of making enough hemoglobin.

The most common method of preventing and treating iron deficiency anemia is by oral iron supplements. Use of oral iron supplements for a period helps to improve ferritin (a blood cell protein that contains iron) and hemoglobin levels in blood and helps to treat anemia symptoms.

The iron that we consume in daily diet and supplements may be categorized into two types based on their source of iron: non-heme and heme iron.

The non-heme iron is primarily sourced form plants where as heme iron comes from meat. Many oral iron supplements available in the market are made up of different varieties of non-heme irons salt sources (such as ferric and ferrous salts) which require biochemical conversion in intestine before iron is absorbed into blood, resulting in formation of by-products which can lead to severe side effects.


Another type of iron, heme iron supplements (as present in HemeBOOST) is isolated from hemoglobin of animals, hence it is biologically equivalent to the iron format that is present in our hemoglobin and there is no biochemical conversion is required and no residual biproducts are formed. Heme iron sourced oral iron supplements are of new generation products expanding the horizon of iron supplements category by offering many positive and safety advantages.

Heme iron is one of the safe options available for health care professionals to treat iron deficiency. It does not require any further biochemical conversion in the intestine and therefore it is easily absorbed by the body. There are differences in the rate of absorption between non-heme iron and heme iron supplements.

Contains
• Non-heme iron products
  Non-Heme Iron salts and polysaccharides
• Heme iron products
  Heme-iron Polypeptide

Bioavailability
• Non-heme iron products
  Relatively much lower
• Heme iron products
  Highest

Side Effects
• Non-heme iron products

  Abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting
• Heme iron products
  Minimal S/E

Ease of Dosing
• Non-heme iron products
Needs to be taken empty stomach
• Heme iron products
Anytime of the day with or without food

Conversion
• Non-heme iron products

  Needs to be converted into Fe2+ to be absorbed in body
• Heme iron products
  Not required, ready to be absorbed in body

 

Why HemeBOOST?

HemeBOOST contains 232 mg of high potency naturally sourced heme iron polypetide, giving 11.6 mg of elemental iron.

Heme iron has been approved by Health Canada, helps to prevent iron deficiency and its anemia.

Since the iron present in HemeBOOST is equivalent to the natural form of iron existing in the human body (heme iron), it does not require any further biochemical conversion in the body.

HemeBOOST is highly bioavailable with better rate of absorption (compared to other non-heme iron products), and very minimal side-effects.

No gastro-intestinal irritation and constipation symptoms.

Acidic conditions are not required for absorption of HemeBOOST in gastro-intestinal system unlike other iron supplements. This is advantage for patients taking PPI inhibitors.

HemeBOOST is a “made in Canada” product, manufactured in an FDA and Health Canada approved GMP facility.

HemeBOOST is approved as a safe iron product recommended for Pregnant and breast-feeding woman.

HemeBOOST is highly recommended product by health care professionals and Pharmacists.

HemeBOOST is free of all types of major allergens.

HemeBOOST tablet is very convenient shape and size, thus easy to swallow.

HemeBOOST costs less compared to other heme-iron and non-heme products available in the market.

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Heme iron

Heme iron, also called as Heme iron polypeptide (HIP) is isolated from the hemoglobin, hence this iron molecule is bioequivalent to the iron present in your hemoglobin. Such bioequivalent iron does not require any further biochemical conversion to get absorbed into body. Heme iron is an ideal iron supplement because of its good solubility and absorption while being less toxic to gastrointestinal system.

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Iron deficiency anemia

If a person does not ingest enough iron, they can not make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.This is known as iron-deficiency anemia, the most common type of anemia. The symptoms are:
• Feeling tired
• Paleness
• Difficulty breathing
• Fast heartbeat
• Dizziness
• Headache

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FAQ

  • What type of iron present in HemeBoost?

    HemeBOOST contains naturally sources heme iron polypeptide.

  • What age groups HemeBoost is recommended for?

    HemeBOOST is recommended for adults. For other age groups, please consult your health care provider prior to use.

  • Is HemeBoost safe to use in Pregnancy?

    Yes. HemeBOOST is recommended for pregnant woman. Throughout the gestation period in pregnancy, take 1 tablet 1-3 times a day, with prior consultation from a health care provider.

  • Is HemeBoost safe to take during breast feeding?

    Yes. HemeBOOST is recommended for breast feeding woman. During breast feeding, take 1 tablet 1-3 times a day, with prior consultation from a health care provider.

  • Is HemeBoost a natural product or drug product?

    HemeBOOST is a natural product, hence it is approved by Health Canada as natural product and it has NPN number.

  • What is the recommended dosage of HemeBOOST?

    Take one tablet 2 to 3 times a day, with or without food, or as directed by your doctor. Through out the gestation period in pregnancy and during breast feeding, take 1 tablet 1-3 times a day, with prior consultation from a health care provider.

  • How can I take HemeBOOST?

    Take few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products.

  • How long I should take HemeBOOST?

    Please consult your health care provide for duration of HemeBOOST usage for you.

  • Any contraindications to be noted before using HemeBOOST?

    None specific to HemeBOOST. But in general, iron supplements can decrease the absorption of drugs such as tetracycline antibiotics, penicillamine, cefdinir, chloramphenicol, levothyroxine, levodopa and quinolone antibiotics. Therefore, doses of these medications should be spaced as far apart as possible. This product may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including testing for blood in stool) possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all doctors know you are taking this product.

  • Any warnings/cautions to be noted before using HemeBOOST?

    Consult a medical advisor before consuming, if you have anemia, hereditary hemochromatosis, other conditions of iron overloading (including blood transfusions) and/or gastro-intestinal concerns; or using methyldopa or other iron containing products.

  • Are there any adverse events known with this product?

    A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. May experience constipation, diarrhoea, and/or vomiting. Iron may cause your stools to turn black, an effect that is not harmful.

  • Any allergen warnings?

    A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. Persons with known allergies to meat products should not consume this product.

  • Is HemeBOOST free of all kinds of allergens?

    HemeBOOST is free of all common allergens. Please contact us for any specific allergens you are looking for.

  • Is HemeBOOST lactose free?

    Yes, HemeBOOST is free of lactose. Please contact us for further details.

  • Is HemeBOOST a vegan product?

    No, HemeBOOST contains animal product.

  • Any animal product involved in HemeBOOST

    Yes. Heme iron used in HemeBOOST is sourced from Beef.

  • Where can I buy HemeBOOST?

    HemeBOOST is available for sale in all pharmacies and retail natural food stores in Canada and online sale through amazon.ca. Please contact us to find out where to buy your area.