Iron and vitamin B group supplement.Helps maintain normal blood.Assists in the maintenance of blood flow in the hands, feet and legs.Aids digestion and helps maintain healthy digestive function.Assists visual fatigue and eye-strain.Provides relief of muscular cramps and spasms.Provides a daily dose of 400-500mcg of folic acid or folate which, if taken daily for one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of women having a child with birth defects of the brain and/or spinal chord such as the neural tube defects known as spina bifida and anencephaly. May assist in the management of heavy periods.For the treatment of cracks in the corners of the mouth (angular stomatitis).Supports energy metabolism, physical and mental performance.
Oxygen transport and storage
Haeme is an iron-containing compound found in a number of biologically important molecules. Haemoglobin and myoglobin are haeme-containing proteins that are involved in the transport and storage of oxygen. Haemoglobin is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron. This large protein molecule makes up approximately 30% of the red blood cell. The vital role of haemoglobin in transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body is derived from its unique ability to acquire oxygen rapidly during the short time it spends in contact with the lungs and to release oxygen as needed during its circulation through the tissues.
Myoglobin functions in the transport and short term storage of oxygen in muscle cells, helping to match the supply of oxygen to the demand of working muscles (most commonly, the skeletal muscles and the heart).
Electron transport and energy metabolism
Cytochromes are haeme-containing molecules that are critical to cellular energy production and therefore, life, through their roles in mitochondrial electron transport. They serve as electron carriers during the synthesis of ATP, the primary energy storage compound in cells.
Antioxidant and beneficial pro-oxidant functions
Catalase and peroxidase are haeme-containing enzymes that protect against the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide, a potentially damaging compound, by converting it to water and oxygen thus protecting our tissues from oxidative damage.
Ribonucleotide reductase is an iron dependent enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis. Thus, iron is required for a number of vital functions, including growth, reproduction, healing and immune function.
Folic acid (Folate)
Folic acid is required for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. It also strengthens immunity by aiding in the proper formation and functioning of white blood cells. Its added role as a coenzyme in both DNA and RNA synthesis signifies its importance for healthy cell division and replication, and thus, growth and protein metabolism.
While iron deficiency anaemia is the most common cause of anaemia, shortages of folic acid or Vitamin B12 are the next most likely nutritional causes. Folic acid deficiency may lead to macrocytic anaemia, producing signs and symptoms such as lethargy, shortness of breath on exertion and pallor of the skin and mucous membranes.
Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)
Vitamin B1 is predominantly located in skeletal muscle, heart muscle, brain, kidney and liver. It plays a crucial role in energy production and carbohydrate metabolism. Deficiency of this vitamin results in rapid deterioration in both heart and skeletal muscle as well as brain and nerve function. The absorption of thiamine from the diet requires folic acid and a deficiency of folic acid may therefore contribute to Vitamin B1 deficiency.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Riboflavin plays an important role in the formation of a number of enzymes, found mainly in the liver, which allow the removal of hydrogen molecules and the introduction of oxygen. Its involvement in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates cannot be underestimated. Requirements are enhanced during times of growth and high protein intake. Vitamin B2 further aids the metabolism of Vitamin B6, thus a deficiency will often lead to Vitamin B6 deficiency signs and symptoms.
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of certain essential body chemicals including histamine, hydroxytryptamine and serotonin. This latter compound is particularly important in normal brain chemistry, so a deficiency in Vitamin B6 may have profound effects on mood and behaviour.
It plays a major part in the metabolism of carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and proteins, thus aids in the correction of inflammatory diseases, skin conditions and disorders of the immune and cardiovascular systems.
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
In the late 1920’s it was found that the serious and often fatal disease of pernicious anaemia responded when victims ate large quantities of liver or had injections of liver extract. Vitamin B12 was finally isolated in the 1950’s and was found to be the agent effective in the treatment of pernicious anaemia.
Individuals deficient in Vitamin B12 often exhibit symptoms such as exhaustion, shortness of breath and pale skin and mucous membranes. There are also characteristic alterations to the nervous system, including numbness and tingling in the extremities, clumsiness and at times, difficulty in walking. Mental capacity may also be affected, with confusion and depression being the most common signs of a deficiency. Whilst chemically independent, the metabolism of Vitamin B12 and folic acid are closely interconnected.
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland health, immune and cardiovascular functions. It enhances the absorption of iron and prevents the destruction of folic acid and other B vitamins.Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
Abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract, including minimal production of hydrochloric acid, has long been observed to contribute to low iron conditions. Fennel, since ancient times, has been used in treating indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, spasms of the digestive tract, colic and under activity of the stomach and intestines. The seeds were often eaten in the Middle Ages for their digestive properties.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
Due to its naturally high iron and mineral content, Withania is an excellent herb for iron conditions. It is the primary strengthening tonic used in Ayurveda and is thus the herb of choice for wasting disease, poor growth in children and convalescence therapy.
Rumex crispus (Yellow Dock)
Yellow dock is an alterative herb, naturally containing a high iron content. According to herbalist Michael Moore, it has the potential to liberate iron that is stored in the liver, enhancing the body’s utilisation. Both of these properties will thus assist in correcting iron deficiency anaemia.
In addition, Yellow dock is considered a cleansing herb with digestive benefits. Its ability to stimulate bile production makes this herb an invaluable tool for correcting sluggish bowel and liver disorders such as constipation.
Cautions & Interactions
Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitionerDo not exceed the stated dose except on medical advice. If you have had a baby with a neural tube defect/spina bifida, seek specific medical advice.
Products containing sorbitol may have a laxative effect or cause diarrhoea.
Not for the treatment of iron deficiency conditions.
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Don’t exceed 20mL per day.
Directions for Use
Adults: Take 10mL twice daily.
Children: Take 5mL twice daily.
Each 10ml contains extracts equivalent to dried:
- Hibiscus sabdariffa flower 50mg
- Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) 20mg
- Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) 50mg
- Rumex crispus root (Yellow dock) 50mg
- Iron (as ferrous gluconate) 10mg
- Folic acid (Folate) 200mcg
- Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1) 1mg
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 1mg
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 1mg
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) 1mcg
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 25mg
- Malphigia punicftolia fruit (Acerola) 100mg
Also contains the non-active ingredients: Apple, pear, blackcurrant, carrot and beetroot juice concentrates, maltodextrin, calcium hydrogen phosphate, silica, purified water, sorbitol,glycerol.
Does not contain:
Gluten, yeast, lactose, alcohol, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.