Iron Deficiency: Cause and Effect.

Iron is a mineral that is vital to our health, and, according to the WHO, the most common nutrient deficiency in the world, affecting over two BILLION people1. Iron is best known for its role in maintaining healthy blood. It forms the basis of the protein hemoglobin, which is found in the blood, and is in charge of carrying oxygen from our lungs to all the other tissues of the body. That’s a big job! In fact, over 60% of the iron in our bodies is found in hemoglobin2.

When there isn’t enough iron in the body, our ability to create normal red blood cells declines, and our oxygen-carrying army of red blood cells doesn’t have enough soldiers to perform the mission optimally. This means less oxygen to the muscles, which can lead to fatigue, feelings of weakness, and a tendency to get colder faster. Yikes!

Blood Builder: Not “Just” an Iron Supplement.

Blood Builder, by the most basic definition, is an iron-support supplement that naturally combats fatigue and helps  improves energy levels.* Yet Blood Builder is  more than just an iron-support product.

It was truly designed to build the blood, and help maintain healthy red blood cells*. Just like all other nutrients, iron doesn’t work in a vacuum, and it’s not the only one to consider when we talk about the health of the blood.  Here are some of iron’s helpers:

  • Vitamin C helps aid absorption of iron4,  so making sure your iron supplement also contains vitamin C is important!*
  • Folate is another partner-nutrient to consider. Folate is involved in the production of healthy red blood cells, and low folate levels can also lead to less-than-optimal red blood cell levels5.
  • The same can be said for vitamin B12 – it’s vital for the functioning of our red and white blood cells6.*

You’ll find all of these in Blood Builder – that’s a lot of support packed into a little tablet!

Who should be taking Blood Builder?

Before you rush to your local health food store to grab all the Blood Builder off the shelf, here are some parting thoughts to consider:

  • Women in their reproductive years have greater iron needs than those that no longer experience a monthly cycle. A.k.a., if you’re menstruating, you’re more likely to need supplemental iron.
  • Men should not supplement with iron unless directed to do so by their healthcare practitioner
  • Ask to have your iron levels checked at your next doctor check-in. Consider iron supplementation if your levels are less than optimal.
  • Those following a vegetarian or vegan diet tend to get less dietary iron, and may want to consider supplementation.
  • Iron toxicity is a real thing, so when in doubt, talk to your doctor and have your levels checked!

A Love Like No Other

blood-builder-stahlbush-60If you talk to many of the folks here at MegaFood, they’ll likely have a story to share with you about the one product that put MegaFood on their radar and set them off on their path to working here. A perfect example of this is our incredible Director of Innovation, Stacey Gillespie.

After a health challenge following the birth of her first daughter that left her in desperate need of iron supplementation, Stacey worked with her doctor to support healthy iron and blood levels, settling on Blood Builder to help. After having such a positive experience with the product, she fell in love with MegaFood and joined our company family! She’s not alone, either. Blood Builder has long been one of MegaFood’s most popular products, remaining largely unchanged since its first introduction in the ‘80’s!

Not all Supplements are Created Equal.

If you’ve ever taken iron supplements before, you’re likely aware of the all-too-common and rather unpleasant side effects. Things like stomach upset and constipation can make it understandably hard to stick to iron-support. When asked what makes Blood Builder unique, Stacey said it’s all about the form:

Blood Builder delivers iron in nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae if you want to get specific!). That means it’s delivered with essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and proteins that iron would naturally be found with in plants – it’s never alone! This makes it easier for the body to digest (no more upset!), as well as be more-effectively utilized by the body.

If you’re in need of iron support, but have been burned in past attempts, Stacey has this to say: “Try Blood Builder; you have nothing to lose! Ultimately, you won’t have the negative side effects you would with other iron, and you will feel the difference.” Want to learn even MORE? Visit our previously published article about the power of plants to learn what makes the Iron in Blood Builder so special.

If building your blood without missing a beat sounds up your alley, visit our store locator to find the product at a natural retailer near you.

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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.