How to stay calm over Christmas

December 7, 2017

The benefits of taking just 10 minutes to close your eyes and clear your mind are endless; from helping to improve focus, decrease stress and anxiety to even relieving pain, inflammation and improve immunity. The ‘magic’ of meditation is due to real effects inside the body, including changes to the brain, reduced stress hormones, a positive influence on the nervous system and emotional regulation. Whilst looking after your…

5 tips if you’re afraid to give blood

December 5, 2017

Giving blood is nothing to be afraid of. You’re in the hands of trained professionals who have done this thousands (if not millions) of times. If you really want to donate, but you’re shaking just thinking about it (ugh needles!), consider these top ten tips.
1. Bring a pal
Bring a friend with you – the more the merrier. It’s great to have a hand to squeeze or someone to chat…

Why choose Active Iron?

December 5, 2017

Iron food fortification and oral iron supplements are limited by either poor absorption or poor tolerability. Very frequently, both occur together.
The reason for poor absorption is that only ferrous iron is absorbed using a highly regulated divalent metal transporter system (DMT-1), which works in tandem with the iron export protein ferroportin, which in turn is controlled by iron stores and haemoglobin levels…

Is it gluten-free? 5 tips for following a gluten-free diet

December 5, 2017

Many people avoid having gluten in their diet. An increasing number of consumers seek gluten-free products for a variety of different reasons. The idea of a strict, gluten-free diet may seem daunting; however, many people have adapted well to this diet armed with the right knowledge. Read the packaging   Packaged food in the EU…

5 back to school health tips

September 11, 2017

It’s that time of year again for the kids to head back to school. As they dive in to classes, sports, and other after-school activities, it’s a good idea to take a few measures to help set them up for a healthy year.

Women may need more iron, especially during pregnancy

August 31, 2017

There is an increased need for iron when pregnant. During this time, the amount of blood in your body increases by 30-50%. This increases the requirement for iron and vitamins in your body as they are needed to make haemoglobin…

People who can benefit from taking iron supplements

August 30, 2017

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…

How iron is absorbed in your body

August 28, 2017

Only a fraction of ingested iron is absorbed by the body. The amount may range from only 5% to 35% according to a journal in the National Center for Biotechnology Information. So, even if you’re consuming enough iron, chances are you’re not absorbing all of it. The amount of iron absorbed can depend on the…

Risk of low iron levels for vegetarians

August 16, 2017

People adopt a vegetarian diet for numerous reasons. Although this may increase the risk of having low iron, vegetarians need not suffer. Active Iron is suitable for vegetarians. Iron is necessary for carrying oxygen in the hemoglobin of your red blood cells. These cells carry oxygen throughout your body, giving you energy. Vegetarians are at…

Women with low iron may find exercise more difficult

August 11, 2017

Studies have shown that women with low iron levels find exercising more difficult than those with adequate levels. Increased difficulty in sustaining exercise and adapting to training are just two of the challenges women with low iron levels face. In anaemic individuals, iron deficiency often not only decreases athletic performance but also impairs immune function…