Ferrochel's many unique attributes support its superior role as an iron supplement in humans. These include:
- Small, stable molecule with no ionic charge
- Does not react with other nutrients
- Bioavailable (easily absorbed)
- Less gastric upset
Small, stable and non-reactive, the Ferrochel molecule is better absorbed
Because small protein peptides are easier for the body to absorb, the body will combine inorganic minerals with amino acids to take advantage of the intestine’s affinity for protein absorption. This binding process is called chelation (key-lay-shun). Albion's Ferrochel does the stomach’s work in advance by binding minerals to amino acids resulting in small, organic chelated iron molecules that can pass easily through the intestinal wall.
When a mineral salt is dissolved in the stomach, the mineral becomes a charged ion that can block absorption of other nutrients or combine with other dietary factors to form unabsorbable compounds (see Figure 1). This is particularly true of iron, which can deactivate nutrients such as vitamin E and ascorbic acid and block uptake of minerals like calcium. The Ferrochel molecule is ionically neutral — it carries no electrical charge. This neutrality ensures that the mineral does not react with other nutrients and is delivered to the intestine for absorption (see Figure 2).
Even with Ferrochel’s enhanced bioavailability, it is extremely safe.
Ferrochel absorption is controlled by iron stores in the body, with greater amounts generally being absorbed by individuals with lower iron status. A body suffering iron-deficiency anemia may uptake 90 percent of the iron, while a body that is not iron deficient may only take up 10 percent — or just the amount that body needs enough to offset losses in metabolism. Ferrochel has been found to be 2.6 times safer than iron sulfate and safer than typical inorganic iron found in foods and dietary supplements.
The safety and effectiveness of Ferrochel is of particular importance in children. Iron deficiency anemia is closely tied to higher mortality, delayed physical development, impairment of cognitive functions and psychomotor development in prenatal and infant development. Ferrochel's ability to safely and effectively deliver critical iron during these crucial stages of development is significant.
Compared to inorganic iron, Ferrochel causes less gastric upset
In clinical research comparing inorganic iron to Ferrochel, a significant number of study participants preferred Ferrochel and reported fewer instances of gastrointestinal (GI) upset than with ferrous sulfate, which is typically associated with gastric side effects such as constipation and nausea.