Our Floradix and Floravital Iron products use a well-absorbed, water soluble iron compound called ferrous gluconate. The formulas also include B vitamins for energy and to support red blood cell production. You can find vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cyanocobalamin) in the liquid versions.
B vitamins help convert food macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) into energy. Additionally, folic acid, B6 and B12 are needed for red blood cell production. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (which itself contains iron), which transports oxygen throughout the body. Together, the B vitamins and iron help your energy levels and maintain healthy amounts of red blood cells.
For optimal digestion and absorption, take Floradix on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before meals and keep it a couple of hours apart from medications and other multi-vitamin or mineral supplements as these can compete or interfere with absorption. Coffee, tea, wine and some foods (grains, legumes, seeds) can also reduce iron absorption. Vitamin C is not essential for absorption of ferrous gluconate but there’s no harm in taking some alongside Floradix – the formula does contain a little already too.