What about Calcium & Iron together?
Bari Life provides complete nutritional supplementation, including calcium and iron, in a simple all-in-one product! Recent studies reinforce the conclusion that iron does not require a separate dosage. Bari Life’s study clearly shows no issues with calcium and iron absorption, as compliant patients had decreased their odds of developing an iron deficiency by 80%!
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It’s all about the form of Iron!
It’s true that calcium can interfere with iron absorption, but recent studies have shown that it’s all about the source of the iron. There are 2 main forms of iron: Heme iron and Non-Heme iron. Heme iron is found in red meats, poultry and fish. Non-Heme iron is found in plants and animal tissue and it is also the form of iron used in vitamin supplements. The studies show that non-heme iron has little to no competition with calcium. In other words you are able to take your iron supplements and your calcium supplements together without worrying about absorbing the iron. While this is true for non-heme iron found in vitamin supplements, you should not eat a steak and then expect to absorb the iron if you choose to consume a calcium supplement shortly before or after.
Despite traditional advice, you can still absorb iron even when taken at the same time as a calcium supplement. Here’s how...
In the past, we’ve been told that calcium and iron should be separated in our diet because calcium will block the absorption of iron when they are taken at the same time.
In other words, your body will only absorb calcium and you won’t get the benefit of the iron.
It turns out, this isn’t completely true.
See, there are actually 2 main dietary sources of iron that we have easy access to.
The first is heme—this is the one that gets blocked by Calcium.
The other is nonheme — Studies have shown that the absorption of nonheme iron is minimally affected by Calcium.
So your dietitian’s advice to not take your calcium with meals is solid advice—but it only applies to HEME iron.
That is, don’t take your calcium supplement and then eat a steak dinner.
Our all-in-one formula was initially based on scores of scientific research that definitively showed that calcium and nonheme iron can be taken simultaneously without significant competition for absorption. We published a study to show it works, too and here’s what we found:
Summary of Research:
- Bari Life’s All-in-One supplement (multi + calcium + iron) decreased the chance of developing deficiencies by 80-90%.
- Bari Life’s simplified regimen doubled patient compliance.
- Separation of Calcium and Iron does not need to be mandatory.
So with our Complete Bariatric Vitamin Formulas, we know that our customers are taking their iron, and we have proven that it works quite well….
If you want to be a vitamin purist, then don’t take your calcium with your steak – that’s good advice, but in supplements, you’re going to be okay.
But if you do it the Bari Life way you’ll find your vitamins are much simpler, much more affordable and more effective.