This product is composed of microencapsulated ferric pyrophosphate (LIPOFER®).
What is it for?
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies among the population. Due to the functions of this mineral, it is key for sports performance, but it is especially in the sports population where the diagnosis of iron deficiency is even more frequent, especially in women and people who practise endurance sports.
The main problem with dietary iron is its low availability and, in athletes, the effect of training on the hormone hepcidin, which regulates iron metabolism. Iron depletion occurs progressively and to prevent iron deficiency, it is advisable to carry out adequate nutritional education and to check plasma iron levels. When iron or iron stores are already low, oral iron supplementation is usually the first therapeutic strategy. This treatment has the advantage of being inexpensive, non-invasive and generally effective.
However, it is common for many people to suffer from unwanted side effects when taking iron supplements, especially gastrointestinal discomfort (pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea) and poor absorption. This is often compounded by the logistical challenge of taking into account all the factors that interfere with iron absorption (sport, other dietary elements, climate, etc.).
Therefore, new forms of oral iron supplementation have been investigated to improve absorption and reduce irritation and other undesirable gastrointestinal effects, thus improving the efficacy of therapy.
One of these novel formulations is the technique of microencapsulating iron in a membrane called a liposome, which is similar in structure to the cell wall of the body. This generates liposomal iron, which can be absorbed easily as the liposome fuses with the cells of the gastrointestinal mucosa and is unaffected by the multitude of factors that reduce the bioavailability of this mineral.
As a result, the absorption of liposomal iron is very good and gastrointestinal problems arising from its use are very rare, eliminating the need to take the supplement on an empty stomach, at specific times of the day or accompanied by elements that improve its bioavailability. This type of formulation also means that iron does not need to be taken with vitamin C, nor does it need to be included in the supplement. Many other iron supplements also contain vitamin C, as it is a strong promoter of iron absorption and improves its bioavailability. However, liposomal iron has the added advantage that it does not require this support and can be taken without the presence of vitamin C or with vitamin C-rich foods.
In summary, LifePro Iron allows iron supplementation guaranteeing high absorption of the mineral, making it easier to take and reducing the likelihood of gastrointestinal discomfort, which will result in improved effectiveness of therapy and a better quality of life during use.
- High bioavailability
- Less likelihood of unwanted effects
- Easy to take, no need to take it on an empty stomach or to take it with certain foods to enhance absorption
- Improved iron stores and prevention of iron deficiency anaemia.
What dose to take?
Follow the instructions of your health professional. Generally take 1 capsule a day.