MORE THAN HALF of all bariatric post-ops are iron deficient. Ice chewing is a sign of this disabling deficiency. People who are iron deficient tire easily because their bodies are starved for oxygen.
WHEN ASKED WHY they did not take iron supplements as required; side effects of Stomach Upset, Burning and Constipation were the most common reasons cited. Fear of side effects is greater than fear of the deficiency.
The 'Super-Charged' Ferrochel® used in Gentle Iron supports iron strength in a small, easy to swallow, fast melt capsule. Unique attributes support its superior role as an iron supplement without the side effects of ordinary iron supplements. Each capsule contains 30mg of highly specialized, chelated ferrous bisglycinate.
IMPORTANT: Prescription iron uses a different measurement scale - when you are asked to take 300 IU iron by your doctor, the true amount of iron is 60mg elemental, and therefore 2 Journey Gentle Iron Capsules or 3 Journey Gentle Iron Grape Melts.
Journey Ferrochel® Gentle Iron capsules are designed to battle bariatric iron deficiency or ideally support prevention:
- Gentle Iron is non-constipating
- Recommended by hematologists after IV iron raises critical levels
- Does not react with calcium or block mineral uptake - no more 'Two Hour Rule'
- Does not cause the stomach burning of cheaper common iron used in 'bariatric' brands
- Tiny neutrally charged molecules slip right through nutrient ports along ENTIRE length of intestine
In their ordinary form, minerals are difficult for the body to absorb through the intestine. Because small 'protein peptides' are easier for the body to absorb, the body will combine the minerals with amino acids to take advantage of the intestines affinity for protein absorption. This binding process is called chelation (key-lay-shun). Albion's Ferrochel® does the stomachs work in advance by binding minerals to amino acids, resulting in small, organic iron molecules that can pass easily through the intestinal wall and into the body.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, adults take one or more capsules daily as recommended by a health professional.*
"People stop taking iron or never start because of side effects. We've all heard constipation stories and the words 'manual extraction' in connection with iron. We worked with specialists to find more efficient mineral forms that would work under bariatric conditions, but not cause scary problems and Ferrochel® is the answer. This is the iron form recommended by hematologists to maintain iron levels once bariatric patients have had their IV iron infusions. This Gentle Iron does not cause the same gastric or intestinal distress of other kinds of iron and does not block calcium. Plus popping a tiny capsule is EASY!" - Susan Maria Leach, BariatricEating founder and author, RNY 2001
People who are iron-deficient tire easily in part because their bodies are starved for oxygen. Iron is essential to the transport of oxygen throughout the body as is a major component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, the primary carrier molecule for oxygen. Iron deficiency can facilitate anemia, which occurs when the red blood cells cannot carry enough oxygen throughout the body.
Clinical studies with Journey's choice of Albion's Ferrochel® have shown that it improves hemoglobin and ferritin indices at lower dosages than ferrous sulfate or ferrous ascorbate; lower dosages mean fewer side effects and no interactions with other nutrients.
*Mechanick Jl, et al. AACE/TOS/ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Clinical Practice Guidelines, Endocr Pract. 2013;19 (No. 2)
Journey supplements are screened for harmful toxins and do not contain aluminum, lead, mercury, or cadmium. Manufactured in the USA with stringent Good Manufacturing Practices.
You may want to use Journey 3+3 Multi Caps, Tangerine or Berry Tabs as your supplement base. For pre-existing deficiencies, add the appropriate Journey components, such as Journey Vitamin D Apple Drops, Liquid Calcium Tangelo Shooter, or SuperCal DimaCal® Calcium as directed by your bariatric healthcare team.