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This is madness. No; This is Spatone!!!
Member Name: carl_lazarevic
Advantages: Easy to use, safe
Disadvantages: taste, cost
Vicky and I often find ourselves feeling a little under the wheather. We take full resposibility for this as we lead very busy lives, and don't always find the time to cook from fresh. When I was single I would take my multi vitamins and iron in order to pick myself up, but then I got married and the in-laws insisted that we try this Spatone Iron Suppliment from Holland and Barret.
Spatone is a 100% natural iron rich water from Snowdonia and has apparently been proven through studies to absorb the iron into the body more effectively than through food alone. I wouldn't know, but the effects seemed pretty good to me.
Spatone is packaged in small satchets containing ideal portions for an adult looking to top up their iron. You are therefore unlikely to overdose which is always a comforting thought! You simply tare the satchet open in the top and then drink the water.
However Spatone does not taste all that great straight up. The clear water has a very strong metallic taste that is very rough on the pallate. You can dilute Spatone if you prefer, but you must be careful what you use. Vitiman C rich juices will help the body absorb the iron, but, apparently, grape juice and a few other products decrease the effectiveness. Either way it is easier to drink diluted, but that strong mettallic taste is still present, so you might prefer to down a single shot sized portion rather than dilute it.
Spatone currently retails in Holland and Barrett for around £9 for a pack of 28 sachets. You take one or two sachets a day so this is a lot more expensive than a tub of multi vitamins, but is it worth the extra cost? I'd say yes; when you really need the iron boost. The effects of Spatone are almost immediate, with our energy levels rising noticeably within a day or so. However Spatone cannot be taken with any other vitamin suppliment containing iron, so I would reccomend sticking to the old multi vitamins + Iron if you're just looking at topping yourself up on a day to day basis.
Summary: The effects of Spatone are almost immediate, with our energy levels rising noticeably within days.