People who can benefit from taking iron supplements

Some populations can benefit from taking iron supplements. Those who have inadequate access to foods rich in absorbable iron are the most obvious groups.

Children, adolescents, and women of reproductive age, especially during pregnancy, can especially benefit from taking iron supplements.


Infants and adolescents have an increased iron demand because of rapid growth.

Active Iron is suitable for adolescents aged 12+, and may benefit those who do not have an adequate iron intake from their diet alone.


Women of reproductive age may have an increased iron demand due to blood loss during menstruation.

Monthly periods are the most common cause of iron loss worldwide. An iron supplement may benefit those who do not have an adequate iron intake to replenish the iron that is lost.

Research shows that women of childbearing age need 2-3 times more iron than men. Adequate daily iron intake may be difficult to achieve with diet alone for women during menstruation.


During pregnancy, rapid growth of the placenta and the foetus and the expansion of the blood volume causes a significant increase in the normal iron requirement. The body uses iron to make extra red blood cells and haemoglobin to transport oxygen for mother and baby during this time.

Iron requirements could increase to as much as 30mg per day during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters. An iron supplement may benefit those who cannot fulfil this recommendation from diet alone.


Although a vegetarian diet is often high in iron rich foods, these plant-based sources of iron are poorly absorbed in the diet.

This is often coupled with other potential absorption obstacles such as phytates in whole-grains and legumes, or tannins in tea and coffee, which tend to bind to iron and further reduce absorption.

Active Iron has been found to have twice the absorption rates compared to traditional iron supplements.

Active exercisers

Active exercisers, especially those who enjoy endurance exercise, can have higher iron requirements than others. Iron is used by the body to maintain and support energy and normal immunity, which can be especially beneficial to active exercisers. Iron is lost by the body in sweat.

People who exercise may benefit from taking an iron supplement if they cannot meet their daily iron requirements.

Blood donors

The main adverse effect of blood donation is iron loss, so blood donors can benefit from taking an iron supplement if they are unable to replenish their iron stores through diet alone.

Iron requirements can increase to as much as 30mg per day of daily iron for up to 6 months post donation. Iron helps with red blood cell production and haemoglobin formation, which are essential to life and wellbeing.

Active Iron

Active Iron was developed by Solvotrin together with scientists at Trinity College Dublin. The new technology uses a unique iron-whey protein formulation to reduce adverse effects of iron and ensure more iron is available in the small intestine, where it is most readily absorbed.

When ordinary iron reaches the stomach and lower gut it is known to cause oxidative stress and trigger side-effects. Studies confirm that the Active Iron formulation doubles the amount of iron absorbed while being so gentle that it can be taken on an empty stomach.

Consumer data on Active Iron indicates that 9 out of 10 consumers experienced no side effects. Active Iron uses denatured whey-protein to encapsulate the iron and reduce side effects.

Active iron works in tune with your body, targeting the natural site of absorption and delivering just the right amount of iron when you need it, without any of the nasty side effects. Kind and strong, Active Iron is gentle enough to take on an empty stomach, and gives you strong absorption when you need it.