Alternatives to Ferro-Liquid (currently out of stock, July 2019)
Parents, are your kids deficient in Iron but you struggle to find an alternative to Ferro Liquid?
I did some research today into the main causes of iron deficiency, and share with you the currently available products (Maltofer, BioCeuticals Liquid Iron, and SpaTone) as well as a comparison of their pros and cons.
How Do I Take Iron?
Something I forgot to add in the video is when you can take iron with food and when NOT to. Some forms of iron bind to food and therefore won’t be absorbed as well.
Ferro-Liquid and SpaTone: best empty stomach (but do eat about 15 minutes afterward else iron itself may upset your tummy)
Maltofer: best with food
BioCeuticals Liquid Iron: with juice or water
What To Expect
- Your poop is going to look black-this is completely normal
- Black teeth: remember to brush after taking a dose!
- Constipation and Nausea may occur (More common with Ferro-Liquid)
Side by Side Comparison
|Brand||Form of Iron||Concentration of elemental iron||Suitable from|
|Ferro-Liquid||Ferrous sulphate||6mg/mL||2 years|
|BioCeuticals Liquid Iron*||Ferric pyrophosphate||1mg/mL||2 years|
|SpaTone sachets||Ferrous iron||1mg/mL||2 years|
|Maltofer Syrup||Iron Polymaltose||10mg/mL||12 years|
*Requires GP or Naturopath or Pharmacist advice before buying
From the table its clear that Maltofer is the most potent yet on the box it doesnt allow for dosing in kids under 12yo which is strange.
The alternatives are then the BioCeuticals or the SpaTone sachets.