Iron plays a number of important roles in our bodies - one of the main ones being helping transport oxygen from the lungs to different parts of the body. Typically we get the iron we need from foods like fish, eggs, lentils, beans, meat, tofu, spinach etc. Deficiency of iron causes iron-deficiency anaemia which if left untreated can result in serious health problems. Iron deficiency can be caused by a number of reasons - chronic health conditions, during pregnancy etc. In my case the cause of iron deficiency is heavy menstrual bleeding. For the last few years I have been taking iron supplements to ensure my iron levels do not fall any further.
I was initially prescribed iron tablets that did not work for me as it caused nausea and tummy pain. I then moved on to taking liquid iron supplements that I was able to tolerate better but usually ended up missing doses because of the unpalatable taste of the supplement. From November, I started taking the Iron Oral Spray from BetterYou.
BetterYou's Iron Oral Spray is a pioneering solution to the digestive discomfort experienced from ingested iron supplements. It is a highly bioavailable formulation that delivers 5mg of iron (per dose, i.e. 4 sprays) directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Based on my experience so far, I can tell you that it is a convenient alternative to tablets and capsules. I had my regular blood tests done recently and was very happy to see that my iron levels are up (even if it is marginally). One reason could be that I found the spray more palatable than the liquid supplement and hence was more regular with my daily dosage(intake). The spray has an apple flavour that is so so much nicer than the metallic taste of the liquid supplement.
Another reason could be the way the spray works. To use, shake the spray bottle and depress the pump 3 times to prime and carefully spray against your inner cheek. According to research this is said to be the most absorbent area and hence it easily delivers essential nutrients into the rich vein system below the cheek tissue. Also, you don't have to take this with food so you can take it at any time that suits you. And the compact spray bottle means I can carry it with me on my travels and thus not miss any doses.
So, overall it has worked nicely for me. Yes, it does feel a little expensive (£9.95 for 25ml, approx 48 daily doses) but worth the price as it seems to work well.
You can read more about the Iron Oral Spray here.
PR sample. As always, all opinions are solely my own.