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I was reading my monthly Glamour magazine and I came across an articles about always feeling tired. As I am a vegetarian who doesn't particularly like vegetables, I am most probably lacking in Iron and the articles suggested that I should try the Spatone Liquid Iron Supplement.
About the product
The product is made from 'naturally iron rich' water which is sourced from Snowdonia in Wales. I bought the apple flavoured iron supplement with added vitamin C. Each sachet will give your body the recommended amount of Iron and vitamin C every day. The addition of vitamin C facilitates the body's absorption of the iron so it gets into your system more effectively. The product promises to banish feelings of tiredness and fatigue, while helping to support a healthy immune system.
How do you take the product?
The product can be taken straight from the sachet or ideally it can be added to a drink of orange juice as this makes the product more effective. It can also be diluted in water. The product needs to be taken on an empty stomach so first thing in the morning is best and you should avoid drinking tea for thirty minutes after you have taken it as tea can reduce its effectiveness.
Appearance and Price
The product is contained within a long thin orange sachet. I cut off the top with a scissors although it is fairly easy to tear. The sachets come contained within a cardboard box. In each box you get 28 sachets and it cost me around £10. I bought mine from Tesco but it also available in Boots and from a range of online websites.
I didn't realise you could dilute the product so at first I was drinking it straight from the sachet. The corners of the sachet are quite sharp and they hurt your mouth a little bit but folding the sachet in half stops this from happening. When you take the product straight, it doesn't taste awful but it doesn't taste great. It kind of tastes like undiluted squash although you can detect the apple taste a little bit. It's gone in two mouthfuls though so it isn't so bad.
When mixed with orange juice, you wouldn't even know it was in there so it is a much nicer way to take the product. I am halfway through my box now and I do feel like I am more awake in the day during work. I don't know how much comes from the placebo effect but I do feel more alert than usual. I also feel more hungry strangely and as I do the morning register, all I can think about is food! A very strange side effect but not an unpleasant one as it is making me eat breakfast which I usually skip.
All in all, this is a quick and easy product to take and I have certainly noticed a difference in my levels of alertness and feeling less lethargic and tired. It doesn't taste too bad and you can't notice it in orange juice. It is quite expensive but each box should last you just under a month. I would recommend this to my vegetarian friends as a quick and easy way to get iron into your diet.
Spatone apple liquid iron sachets with added vitamin C
When I was pregnant the very first set of blood tests that I had done (around about 16 weeks) showed that I was just sitting on the edge of having the minimum recommended healthy amount of iron in my system, as such the midwife suggested I started taking an iron supplement just to make sure I didn't drop below and have to take the really strong iron tablets. More so because in my case the iron tablets that I have taken in the past have left me with horrible headaches and awful constipation, not what I wanted on top of all the pregnant niggles that I then already suffered from.
I can't remember if it was the midwife or a pharmacist that suggested Spatone apple liquid iron sachets, as until that point I had never heard of Spatone or even that you could get iron supplements in a liquid form. The individual sachets contain a small amount of what essentially looks like apple juice and smells more or less like apple juice, but with a metallic whiff. The supplement is not the nicest drink, but then neither is it all that bad. I ended up mixing mine in with some orange juice to take the iron taste away. I did learn from the pharmacist that sold me the Spatone that it is important to take any iron supplement with a fruit juice or something containing vitamin C as vitamin C aids the absorption of the iron into your system, and I also learned that you should stay away from milk just before and after an iron supplement as it can hamper the absorption.
Nearing the end of my pregnancy my iron count was checked again and I had dropped below the recommended healthy limit, but only just. And I consider that a more or less win from Spatone because I didn't need to go on the nasty tablets but just keep taking the Spatone liquid supplements. I had always expected that I would be on iron tablets throughout my pregnancy because my iron levels always seem to be on the low side anyway and pregnancy really drains those supplies at the best of times.
With the Spatone supplements I didn't feel like I had any of the uncomfortable or horrible side effects that I have had in the past from taking iron supplements. It might have been because the Spatone sachets aren't as strong as some supplements and each sachet only offers 5 mg of iron or 36 % of your daily recommended allowance, but it does deliver a high absorption of the iron. I'm not exactly sure of all of the science behind the sachets, but I did feel like the worked for me.
I purchased the Spatone apple liquid iron sachets with added vitamin C from Boots for around £10.50 for a rather large box of 28 sachets. It recommend that most people take 1 sachet a day, but pregnant women are recommended to take 2 sachets per day, which meant that I went through a box of 28 sachets in no time at all. Just as well Boots always seem to run the 3 for 2 offer on vitamins.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Spatone apple liquid iron sachets with added vitamin C, it would be nice if they were a little cheaper but then isn't that true of loads of products. So overall, I found that the sachets don't taste too bad, they are easy to take and come ready to drink. From me they get the full five out of five star rating, especially considering I didn't notice any negative side effects which can occur when you take an iron supplement.
Recently I had been feeling quite tired and run down and felt that my diet may be lacking somewhat in iron. My doctor said I was slightly anaemic, and so I decided to buy an over the counter iron supplement. Spatone is a liquid iron supplement. It is available in 2 flavours, original and apple. After reading some reviews and hearing about the disgusting taste of the original flavour, I decided I would buy the apple variety.
Spatone comes in a white and orange cardboard box. The apple variety has a picture of an apple in some water on the front. Each box contains 28 sachets, so enough to last for around a month if you are taking it every day. The sachets are very handy as each contains one dose. They are perfect for popping in your hand bag and there is no measuring of dosages required.
The sachets tear open easily and you can then pour out the liquid. The liquid is clear with a brownish tinge. You can take Spatone diluted in water or juice, or just how it is if preferred. As I have the apple variety I have been diluting it in half a glass of water. When taking it this way, you can taste the apple flavour but it remains reasonably low in volume and is therefore easy to drink. There is a slight metallic taste but it is not that unpleasant.
Each sachet of Spatone contains your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of both iron and vitamin C. The vitamin C is important as it helps your body absorb iron. It is worth noting that Spatone should be taken at least 30 minutes before/after ingesting other food or drink as certain components of other food and drinks can hinder the absorption of iron in the body. I therefore take my Spatone first thing in the morning at least half an hour before breakfast.
I have now been taking Spatone for approximately 3 weeks and whilst I haven't had my blood levels checked, I definitely feel a lot better. I have more energy and feel generally in better health. I have had no undesirable side effects of taking this product. I have never taken iron tablets myself but am aware that they can cause constipation and general stomach upset, so for anyone who suffers from this, Spatone liquid iron may be a better option.
I purchased my Spatone on Amazon for around £6.50 for a packet of 28 sachets. The original variety was slightly cheaper on Amazon at around £5.50 for the same size box, but I felt the extra £1 was worth it for a nicer taste. Comparably Boots are charging £10.75 for the same size of the apple variety. It is therefore definitely worth shopping around.
Another benefit of Spatone is that it is lactose and gluten free. It is suitable for vegetarians. It can be safely used in pregnancy and in children above the age of 2. I am giving this product a 5 star rating and would recommend it to anyone who thinks their iron levels may be low.
I have been using Spatones Original Iron for more than four years now and recently wrote a review about my experiences of using the product. So, I was very excited to be sent a free 28 day box of Spatone's new liquid iron supplement which has an apple flavour and added vitamin C. Having just finished the months supply I decided to review my experiences using this product.
Spatone Apple comes in a similar box to the original version. It comes in a white, orange and green cardboard box, which is of course recyclable after use. The front of the box gives the brand and product name along a picture of a juice green apple.
The back gives some general information about Iron and the important role it play in the body along with some nutritional information in chart format. It states that the product is "suitable for all the family" and is ideal for Pregnant / post natal women, children over two years, adults and Vegetarians and Vegans. A Vegetarian society approved sign is displayed in the corner. Ingredients are also given: 100% natural iron rich water, apple concentrate (100% natural source), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), preservative; potassium sorbate. There are a few general warnings such as keep out of children's reach and do not exceed recommended use.The box is easy to open by simply pulling the tab.
Inside the pack there are 28 sachets. One 25 ml sachet contains your RDA of iron, it also contains added vitamin C which helps the absorption of the Iron. one sachet a day should be taken. The sachet is similar in style to the box, they are easy to open by tearing along the edge. I find the sachets incredibly convenient. There is also a small information leaflet inside the box, which of course should be read thoroughly before using the product.
Iron deficiency is actually the most common nutritional deficiency, it is estimated that approximately 90% of women do not get their RDA of Iron. Iron is an extremely important mineral and is needed to by our body for various reasons. It helps in the production of red blood cells and it also helps deliver oxygen through the body. Iron also plays an important role in ensuring the immune system works efficiently Only around 5-20% of Iron in our food is actually absorbed by our bodies. Unfortunately the body regularly looses Iron, during urination and sweating for example.
Previously I had taken a variety of different iron tablets including prescription and the majority caused me terrible upset stomach and constipation. The rest did either nothing or simply not enough. I began taking the Original spatone when I was pregnant with my daughter and my Iron levels dramatically improved. I was less lethargic, had more energy and generally felt in better health. Plus I have never experienced any unwanted side effects. So I was more than happy to try the new apple variety and see how well it compared to the original.
The main problem with the Original Spatone however was its terrible metallic taste which was still detectable even when mixed with fruit juice as advised. Spatones claim their new apple flavour is "Delicious" and "packed with the taste of juicy ripe apples".
I tend to take my daily spatone around an hour after my lunch. I simply opened the sachet and poured it into a glass and drank the liquid. The liquid itself is brown-ish in colour, it smells a little fruity. The added apple tastes certainly makes it easier and nicer to drink than the original although to say it tastes "Delicious" is perhaps a little over the top. It has a sharp strong apple taste, there is an ever so slight metallic hint, which is neither too noticeable or unbearable. The added vitamin C also aids in the absorption of the Iron. It is worth noting that some drinks (such as tea) make absorbing iron more difficult, so it is best to avoid them for a while before and after taking Spatone.
As I do not have regular blood tests I cannot be 100% sure that the product works. On the odd occasion I have gone without the Original Spatone even for a few days I begin feeling tired and lethargic. Whilst I have been taking the Spatone apple for the past 28 days and I have not experienced any anaemic like symptoms, I feel quite energetic and generally in good health. Personally I feel that this product does works efficiently at increasing my Iron levels.
Whilst taking Spatone apple for the past 28 days I have not experienced any unwanted side effects. I feel they are extremely light on the stomach and have not caused me any stomach problems or constipation.
The Spatone apple sachets are incredibly convenient and fuss free. Unlike the original they do not need to be mixed with fruit juice and can therefore just be taken wherever and whenever needed. They are ideal for on the go, when away from home or on holiday for example. The sachets are of a small size, they can be easily popped into a handbag and take up little room.
A 28 day pack of Spatone apple currently costs £6.49 on Amazon, whilst the original costs £5.50. Considering there is only a pound difference between the two products I think that the apple flavour is good value for money and worth paying a little more for.
I will certainly be buying Spatone apple with added vitamin C in the future and have no problems recommending it to others who believe their Iron levels are low.
Amazon - £6.49 ( Free super saver delivery available)
Boots - £10.75 ( Often have a 3 for 2 offer on this product)
Holland and Barratt - £10.75 ( Often have a buy one get one half price on this product)
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Usually once a month, but also at other times, I feel very sluggish and run down, mainly due to the fact my iron levels deplete, and so I have been using the spatone liquid iron supplement in the apple flavour for this reason.
Without iron, you can often feel weak and slugglish, your nails and hair become brittle and skin looses a lot of its bounce. We don't produce Iron in our bodies, and so have to get it from outside sources, and this is one of the perfect ways to get it.
I was always by my gp told the best way to take iron was to take it alongside vitamin c, i.e. inside a glass of orange juice, as this helps you absorb more iron, however with this supplement, the required vitamin c is given in the sachet so you are good to go. Great for days when you don't have any orange juice about. The supplements come in small orange and white sachets, and when you pour it out look exactly like a thin clear oil. The apple taste means you can simply tear it open and drink the supplement, mix it into water, or even juice if you prefer. I've actually tried the plain one before i discovered the apple and vitamin c version, and it is quite foul tasting, and hard to drink alone. The sachets are small and reinforced so you can pop them into your handbag and not have to worry about it bursting, which is great for days when you are running about.
I've noticed that I feel the benefits of liquid iron, much faster than if i took it in tablet form, and also that when taking it regularly, I have much more energy, i am less likely to pick up colds. The tablets may be slightly cheaper, but a box of 28 sachets costs around £9.99 and will last approximately a month (more if you are like me and only take iron supplements when you are feeling run down. I've also noticed that some of the side effects i get with iron tablets, mainly bloating don't occur when i take the iron in liquid form. It is widely available in most pharmacies, and also in sainsbury's and waitrose, along with all over the internet. As it is a lot more expensive than tablet form, it is not provided by the NHS, but I was actually recommended the spatone supplement by my GP as a better form of iron.
It's important to note that you need to wait an hour before having tea or coffee to allow your iron to absorb properly, and so for this reason I take mine to work with me and have it there. Its recommended to have one a day, but two can be used depending on the level of sluggishness that you feel. Spatone supplements are definately a staple in my life, the small amount of apple taste means i never feel the nastyness of the iron taste and I never want to run out. My only real qualm is the texture, it does feel like I am drinking oil, but that can be disguised by mixing it with water or juice if i felt the need.