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Towards the end of my pregnancy my midwife advised me that my iron levels were showing as quite low on my blood test. She recommended trying to increase my intake through my diet, and also offered me a prescription for iron tablets. Knowing that these had a reputation of causing constipation, I asked if it would be ok to take more gentle iron supplements, and she said this would be fine with the only difference being I'd have to pay instead of getting them free on prescription.
The Spatone iron sachets are 100% natural iron rich water from North Wales, and they provide a gentle way of increasing your iron intake. The iron in these sachets is easily absorbed, which is what makes them gentle on the stomach, and they cause fewer side effects than traditional iron supplements. The sachets are ready to drink, and it is recommended that you pour it into a glass of fruit juice as the vitamin C in fruit juice helps your body to absorb the iron. It should also be taken on an empty stomach.
I used these sachets for a couple of months and when I next had a blood test my iron levels had increased. I took two sachets each morning in a glass of fruit juice, before breakfast so that I knew I had taken them on an empty stomach and given them the best chance of being absorbed. They do taste quite tinny unless you mix them in with a decent amount of juice, but generally I didn't really notice the taste too much. The sachets are convenient if you need to take them to work, for example, and they are easy to open on the move.
These sachets are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and are ideal for pregnant women, post-natal women, athletes, vegans, vegetarians and the elderly. These are all groups who are at risk of not getting enough iron from their diet, so this is a convenient way of rectifying that. Unfortunately it's not the cheapest solution, with a pack of 28 sachets costing £8.25 in Boots. They are currently on a 3 for 2 offer, which has been going on for a while, so the price is slightly more reasonable. Most people only need to take one sachet a day, but pregnant women are advised to take two, which obviously costs more.
I would recommend these sachets as I know from personal experience that they work.
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Spatone is a liquid iron supplement which is easier to absorb than iron tablets. Many years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, I was given iron tablets from my doctor and they were horrible! They made me constipated and when I did manage to go, my stools were very black!
Years later I discovered these liquid iron supplements in Boots. I had recently been to Blood Donors to give my usual pint of blood and they wouldn't take it as my iron levels were slightly below the standard they require.
Spatone comes in an orange and white box with 28 sachets in a box. One sachet should provide your daily iron requirement but if you know your iron stores are low, it is safe to take two sachets.
The liquid has quite a strong metallic taste so is best if you can either put it in fruit juice or with water. I find choosing the right time to take the supplement quite difficult as you shouldn't take whilst drinking tea or wine. I have tea in the morning and wine more often than not on an evening so mid - day is good for me. But then it is best taken on an empty stomach or 30 minutes after eating food. I take mine to work and have 30 minutes after my lunch trying to remember to refuse all offers of cups of tea during this time. (Quite difficult as there is always a brew on the go)
Taken with fruit juice (not grape juice) is probably best as vitamin C helps the body to absorb the iron.
A leaflet is included in the box of sachets and gives quite a lot of information. Apparently the iron rich water comes from Snowdonia and is collected at the Trefriw Spa.
~~~Why do we need iron?~~~
Iron is an essential for the transportation of of oxygen around the body. A deficiency reduces oxygen delivery to blood cells and can cause decreased immunity, fatigue and general feelings of lethargy. On the other hand, too much can cause toxicity or even death!
~~~Where can we find it naturally?~~~
Obviously it is better if you can get all your nutrients from food if you can and iron can be found in red meat, eggs, fortified cereals and dark leafy vegetables, Spinach as recommended by Popeye!
~~~Who needs to use supplements?~~~
There are many groups of people that may suffer with iron deficiency. Vegetarians, pregnant women, people suffering from diseases such as cancer or arthritis, women of child bearing age who suffer with heavy blood loss, and people with gastro problems such as coeliac disease who do not absorb iron properly.
~~~Did it work for me?~~~
I have to assume that my slight iron deficiency is due to quite heavy periods as I do eat plenty of red meat and eggs or maybe my body just doesn't absorb iron as well as it should. Could be all the tea I drink that interferes with it!
I took one of these religiously in the three week run up to me next due to give blood and was amazed to find it had worked! My iron levels were satisfactory and and I had a general feeling of having more energy so a supplement that in my eyes is well worth taking rather than iron tablets. The taste is not so bad that it is horrible to take and can easily be mixed with another drink to make it more palatable. The sachets are neat and individual so easy to slip a few in my work bag so I remember to take one around the middle of the day.
These can currently be purchased at the price of £8.25 for the 28 day sachet box from Boots but if you keep looking in the Boot's stores, you can often find them on the 3 for price of 2 offer.
Reasonably cheaper at £5.50 the box can be bought on Amazon but you need to spend £10 on Amazon to get the free delivery option. Quite easily done I'm sure you will all agree.
I think this supplement is one that is definitely worth spending money on and even worth using at the time of the month when us ladies can often feel wiped out.
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.
I do try my best to have a good healthy well balanced diet, I am Vegetarian and am only too aware that I need to think carefully about the different food my family and I consume, to be sure that we are all getting all the vitamins and minerals we need. However, I do struggle with my Iron levels and have been diagnosed with anemia a few times. It seems I am not the only one, Iron deficiency is actually the most common nutritional deficiency, it is estimated that approximately 90% of women do not get their RDA of Iron. I do include lots of Iron rich foods into my diet such as Tofu, greens, seeds, lentils etc, but Iron is well known for being difficult for the body to absorb. Only around 5-20% of Iron in our food is actually absorbed by our bodies.
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. Unfortunately the body regularly looses Iron, during urination and sweating for example.
During the times I have suffered from anemia I have been left feeling constantly tired and lethargic, there have been times when nothing seems to motivate me. It doesn't do much for my complection either and I am usually left with pasty pale skin.
Over the years I have tried countless amount of Iron tablets with little luck. The majority caused me an upset stomach, constipation. The rest did either nothing or simply not enough. When I was pregnant with my second daughter I wad told I was anemic and put on prescription Iron tablets which did little to solve the problem. That was until I started taking Spatone and my Iron levels dramatically improved.
Spatone comes in a white and orange box. The front of the box gives the brand name along with the fact that this is a "100% natural Iron supplement" . 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 everyone, "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, "natural water with a high content of Iron sulphate". 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 either 14 or 28 sachets depending on the pack size. One 20 ml sachet contains your RDA of 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.
"Spatone is simply iron-rich spa water from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales." (spatone.com)
I tend to take my spatone around half an hour after my lunch. I take one sachet and empty the contents into a glass, I then add some juice (usually orange). I add the juice for two reasons, firstly vitamin C helps with the absorption of Iron. Secondly Spatone tastes awful by itself, it has a terrible metallic taste, but the juice really does help to disguise it. I am actually used to it now and can barely taste it. It can be diluted with any fresh juice, except grape. I would also like to point out that certain drinks stop the absorption of iron ( eg tea ) so I tend to avoid these for a while before and after. The liquid itself is clear and doesn't really have a smell, not that I have ever noticed anyways.
These days I refuse to run low on Spatone supplies because I notice a difference in my energy levels and general well being if I go without Spatone for even a few days. In fact it doesn't take me long at all to begin getting the tired fatigue like symptoms. Whilst I am taking Spatone I feel like I have much more energy and am generally just more happier. I guess it could be a bit of a placebo effect, although I doubt this since my iron levels dramatically improved during my pregnancy when I started taking Spatone regularly. Unlike other Iron supplements I have taken in the past, I have never experienced any side effects whilst taking Spatone.
I would and have recommended Spatone to anyone who believes their Iron levels are low.
Spatone can be bought in some supermarkets, chemists and health food stores. I buy it from Amazon on subscribe and save (one 28 sachet box gets delivered to me every month so I get a 10% off discount).
Holland and Barratt : (28) £8.65
Boots : (28) £8.25
Amazon: (28) £5.50
(Delivery charges may apply)
Being anemic I had to do something to increase my iron intake. I was experiencing dizziness, heart sinking, all of a sudden my heart would start racing while I was sat down, I couldn't climb the stairs without sitting to catch my breath and numerous other problems. I went to the doctor and have had numerous blood tests and they have always been appalling. It was quite worrying for me since I was getting older and the symptoms just kept getting worse. I tried a number of medicines and recently decided to research into it myself. I talked to my pharmacist and she advised spa tone iron water. I bought it with very high hopes. It isn't a medication; rather it is a liquid that can be taken by anyone just to ensure good health. I felt better when she told me this because I hate taking medication.
All I do is make myself a glass of orange juice in the morning (on an empty stomach), pour in the iron water and drink it. It doesn't taste like iron or anything when taken with juice. It is also recommended to take with orange juice because iron is absorbed better with vitamin C. I have used it for three weeks now and already 80% of my symptoms have gone. It has done me wonders. I wish I knew of this before. I purchased two weeks' worth of iron for 6 pounds at the pharmacy but have seen a month's worth for 6 pounds online. It is definitely worth looking into. I no longer suffer from restless leg syndrome at night, I can run up the stairs without getting dizzy, I feel a lot more energetic.
If there is anyone who is suffering from lack of Iron in the body then definitely try this and you'll feel the difference. I haven't yet had a blood test to prove that my iron level has increased but just the feeling takes a lot of weight of my shoulders knowing that I am getting better.
These sachets of iron-rich water can be used as a supplement if you are feeling run-down, or if for whatever reason you are not getting enough iron in your diet. Unlike iron tablets SpaTone does not seem to have any unwanted side-effects (eg constipation) and they are very convenient to use.
You can drink it on its own, or dilute it with water or orange juice. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron, so I like to mix it with juice. Doing this also helps to take away the slightly 'metallic' taste of the SpaTone water.
I don't take them every day, but I find it a useful and effective pick-me-up when I am feeling run-down.
They are not particularly cheap, usually retailing at around £8 for 28 sachets, so it's worth looking out for offers. There is also a smaller 14 day pack available if you wanted to try them out first.
They are available in Boots or Lloyds pharmacy and also, of course, online.
I was diagnosed with anemia around six years ago now and have been taking iron tablets daily ever since. Although I don't particullary have any problems swallowing the tablets, when I saw a liquid equivellent it really appealed to me as it seemed like a slightly nicer way of getting the extra iron that I need. I bought a 28 day supply of the sachets from Boots and paid £8.25, which I personally think is a reasonable price. A 14 day supply is also available for £5.39, but if like me you need to take an iron supplement daily then the larger pack is more practical as well as better value
The liquid iron supplement comes packaged in sachets which are white and orange. Each sachet contains 5mg of iron, which it states on the back of the sachet is the equivellent of 2lbs of spinach. The sachets are easy to open and you simply need to tear the corner open. The sachets come inside a cardboard box which also has a white and orange colour scheme. The front of the box has the branding and product name and it states that the product is a gentle everyday iron supplement which is 100% natural iron-rich water which is straight from the source. It also states that it is ideal for everyone including children over the age of two and pregnant women - I found it handy that it's so clear who the supplement is suitable for.
The back of the box has nutritional information, ingredients and company contact details. The importance of iron is also explained and there is also a brief product description which says - this iron is naturally in water, so it's easily and gently absorbed by your body. It should not cause certain side effects (stomach irritation and constipation) associated with iron intake. The box is re-sealable and you don't need to rip the box to get it open which I like and I keep the box on my kitchen work surface to keep all the sachets together and to remind me to take one each morning; due to the white and orange colour scheme it's really eye catching so I never forget.
Inside the box there's the sachets, along with a very informative leaflet. The first page is entitled 'welcome to spatone' - this gives a run down of what the sachets contain and why iron is important. The second page is 'taking spatone' - this states that one sachet should be taken a day, however if you know that your iron stores are low you can take two. A full sachet is suitable for small children over the age of two and it is best to take the supplement on an empty stomach. It states that you can expect a very metallic taste, and it is reccomended to mix the supplement into half a glass of water or fruit juice and drink immedietly.
If you decide to mix this with fruit juice, don't choose grape juice as it apparently reduces your bodies ability to absorb iron. It is also best not to take this with milk or carbonated drinks. I didn't read the leaflet the first time that I tried one of these and I added it into a banana milkshake and added lots of honey to mask the taste of iron, which worked, however I now mix mine into a glass of orange juice. Lots more information can be found in the leaflet including facts and background info on the company.
The sachets are easy to open - they're made of thin plastic and have a foil lining. The liquid inside looks just like water and it has a subtle metallic scent to it. I have one sachet in the morning before breakfast and one half an hour after my evening meal. I tried taking it with just water as I felt that it was a waste of fruit juice as the drink has to be downed in one and it is not a drink that you can sip and enjoy! Unfortunetly when I did try and take it with just water I was almost sick as the metallic taste is so overpowering, and I now take it with a glass of orange juice. The metallic taste is still very noticeable but after almost 2 months of taking the supplement I am used to the taste and although it is not particullary pleasant, it's not vile either!
I began taking these almost two months ago now and although I haven't seen much difference seeing as I took iron supplements in tablet form before I started taking these, I haven't seen a decline in health and my energy levels and general feeling of well being are at a steady level. The supplement definitely helps keep me feeling much more 'with it' rather than lightheaded and tired like I did before I started taking iron and it is just as effective as iron in tablet form. It's affordable and effective, so I overall reccommend this product.
During a long period of time I was suffering with symptoms that were causing my throat to be extremely dry and irritated, along with painful and congested sinuses. The illness was relentless and I'm still not completely symptom free 12 weeks later. After several trips to see different doctors I still had no answers, other than it is a viral infection. I wasn't convinced, as I felt fine otherwise and the symptoms were persistent. I considered allergies, and the doctor sent me for some blood work to see if anything could be uncovered.
Three bottles of blood and 2 weeks later, all the allergy tests came back clear. However, the blood tests showed that my blood count was low and that I am anaemic. This would explain why I'm always feeling tired, and low in energy. I thought it was due to the fact that I have little time to rest, and I have a very active toddler to take care of. I have been anaemic before, as I am a fussy vegetarian and my mental health has caused me to struggle to maintain a healthy diet at all times.
Since the beginning of my throat and sinus symptoms 12 weeks ago, as soon as I started to feel unwell I increased my fluid intake, improved my diet and continued to consume three meals a day regardless of how I was feeling. I must admit, the meals were smaller, and I was not consuming any extras. I took extra care to rid me of the symptoms, as being a full time mum I knew I needed to get better fast to be able to care for my son.
Since discovering I was anaemic, the doctor suggested that I take an iron supplement and she provided a prescription. I was rather hesitant to collect the prescription, as I was sick with iron tablets during my first pregnancy. I was given the prescription over the phone, and I had no time to get to the doctors until after the weekend. With this in mind, and the fact that I wasn't in any rush to start taking an iron supplement, knowing they can cause an upset stomach, I decided to pop into Boots whilst in town to have a look if there was anything that would be better.
I browsed the shelves to see what was available, and after carefully and diligently scrutinising the vitamins section I came across the Spatone 100 % natural supplement. The word natural on the front had me take a closer look. After reading the details on the back of the box and understanding that it is an iron-rich natural supplement taken straight from the source, it shouldn't cause any stomach upsets. I decided this was worth a try, and knew it had to be better than the tablets that are far more likely to cause side effects. It is suitable for children over 2 years, men, women and it can help top up iron levels during pregnancy. It retails at £7.99 for a box of 28 sachets and can be purchased from Holland & Barrett's and Boots.
A box of 28 sachets provides enough for a month, although two sachets a day can be taken if needed. The orange sachets have an easy opening at the top to pour the liquid out. It is advised to add the liquid to fruit juice (not grape), as it has a metallic taste, and the vitamin C in fruit juice helps to absorb iron. It recommends taking it on an empty stomach, although it can be taken after food if necessary. Iron is essential for providing energy and supporting the immune system. However, many lack iron in their diet, which is why an iron supplement can help to keep iron levels topped up.
I was hoping that the iron supplement would be effective and easy on my stomach. Feeling rather drained and run down I knew I needed the iron. Plus, I know I don't get enough from my diet. I added the Spatone sachet to a glass of lemon water. I don't generally have any other fruit flavoured drinks, as I generally only drink water, sometimes with a dash of lemon when at home. The iron supplement looks like clear water. It is advised to drink it immediately, due to the metallic taste. I decided not to add too much water, as I wanted to be able to drink it quickly. Wow, it certainly has a metallic taste that takes some getting used to.
I continued taking it with lemon water, and eventually got used to the taste. However, I decided to buy a bottle of apple juice to mix in with it. I was pleasantly surprised that it masks the taste and makes it easier to drink. This is quite good for children, as they needn't know it is in there. Unfortunately my son is adverse to fruit drinks and will only take water, so I would struggle to get him to take this. I think all the family would benefit from taking it to top up their iron levels, however, I know they would all grumble and refuse. They are all far too fussy.
Initially, being my impatient self, I wondered how long it would take before it would start to make a difference. I think I expect everything to happen in an instant. I come to realise a few days later how my memory was improving, and I was much more alert. I felt proud being able to remember something I wanted to share with my partner after being apart for the day. My brain tends to be foggy and my thoughts can sometimes seem jumbled. However, I was thinking more clearly, and was more responsive and alert. This was a great confidence boost, and made a real difference.
I also started to notice my energy levels were on the increase, and I was feeling a lot better for it. I was no longer feeling spaced out and drained all the time. However, I could still do with some quality sleep and rest, as I'm always on the go. My little boy is very high functioning and active, so I need all the energy I can get to keep up with him. I'm really pleased that the Spatone iron supplement has increased my energy levels and has made me more alert; it makes a real difference to my life. I'm also pleased to report that I haven't experienced any adverse reactions or side effects.
As the iron supplement is in handy sachets it makes it easy for me to take one with me when I go out for the day. I add the iron to a bottled drink and shake it up prior to taking it. I've actually been quite good at remembering to take it daily, I think that's because I am feeling the benefits from it. I'm glad I found these, as they are natural and come straight from the source they are better and kinder to the stomach. Each sachet provides a third of your iron intake, which is far more than any tablet provides. If your iron levels are low, two sachets can be taken until your iron levels have been topped back up.
Spatone is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and is free from gluten, lactose, preservatives, artificial colours and sugars.
Each box contains an information leaflet that contains all the required information along with important facts. Their impressive website is crammed with useful information about iron and its importance, as well as giving tips and information about their products.
If you feel your diet lacks iron, or you often feel low in energy, this natural iron supplement is the easiest way to top up iron levels. Mixed in with fruit juice it can hardly be detected.
As I have described in another one of my reviews I do tend to suffer from low energy levels during the winter months, and had self diagnosed and have since been diagnosed with anaemia (low levels of iron in the blood) iron is a vital substance for the human body as it necessary in the production of hemoglobin. The general population get most of their iron from consuming red meat such as beef, but a diet high in processed foods, that contain more sugar than any thing else doest supply the body with what it needs and unfortunately that type of diet is more common the world over than a healthy balanced diet. Vegetarians can become low in iron as it's harder to naturally keep their iron levels high while consuming a fruit and vegetable only diet (harder but not impossible, it is even more difficult for vegans as they cant consume eggs for example). Iron levels in vegetarians and vegans can become dangerously low in females for obvious monthly reasons.
I began to notice a strong feeling of lethargy coming over me during a hard time my family was going through some years back. I decided to try and give my self a lift by taking these iron supplements, anemia can even be visible to other people as it was in me, dark circles under the eyes, pale almost translucent skin and discolouration lack of pigment in the lips can be tell tail signs.
Spatone is different to other brands of iron supplement firstly it gets it's iron from a natural water source in Snowdonia one of the most beautiful places around. It comes in a distinctive orange topped box, this makes it very easy to find on the shelf as it jumps out at you from between the more sedately packaged supplements. This isn't a pill like most iron supplements, this comes in a water soluble powder form. Inside the orange box you will find fourteen individual sachets each containing 5mg of iron. This isn't the full recommended daily allowance but it is enough if you are consuming some iron rich foods during the day such as red meat, nuts and green leafy vegetables. I used to take one sachet mixed in a glass of water, the powered dissolved quickly and it's easy to drink, it has a taste, a little bitter but not revolting.
*** Please note ***
It is important not to take this supplement in conjunction with a once a day multivitamin. Most multivitamins have the full recommended daily amount of iron and then taking any other iron product on top of that can induce fainting episodes and excessive intake can even be fatal. Iron is a highly dangerous substance if overdosed. Please keep all supplements up and out of reach of children.
I found these did give me a slight boost while taking them for a few months but I have since moved on to a full RDA prescribed iron pill as they just weren't strong enough for my needs as I was already anemic. However if you are in good health and just want to top up your iron levels these are a lighter version than a lot of the products available and may be of use to you.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
These can be purchased in store at most Boots and are regularly part of their 3 for 2 promotions.
They can also be purchased online at :
Discount-supplements.co.uk for £3.99 for a box of 14
Spatone is a mineral supplement for Iron. It comes in a box with 28 sachets of water that it naturally high in the mineral Iron. I am prone to anaemia and I don't really eat much red meat. I had previously been taking the tablet form prescribed by my GP, I believe it is called Ferrous Sulphate. The problem with these tablets was it would give me stomach problems. This is a very common side effect to most Iron supplements taken in a tablet/capsule form.
I have found that with Spatone it is gentle on the stomach and does not really cause any side effects. However if I take it daily then it does sometimes effect my stomach but still on a very less scale then the alternative iron supplements I have taken.
It is easy to use and can be used by both children over 2 years old and adults. You open a sachet and pour it in a glass and then mix with a juice, preferable a juice high in Vitamin C to aid the absorption into the body. I have noticed that I will need a high amount of juice and to drink the mixture quickly otherwise the strong taste of the supplement can be tasted. Spatone on it's own would taste awful as I am guessing it has a very metallic taste to it as sometimes if I do not mix enough juice I can taste it.
Spatone is quite expensive for a Iron supplement costing £8. It is on offer in Boots quite frequently for 3 for 2, so that is a good time to stock up if you require this.
The best thing about Spatone is that it is 100 percent natural, as it is water obtained that is naturally very high in Iron that only a small sachet can provide us with our recommended daily allowance of iron. Therefore it does not really feel like a supplement but perhaps a part of a good daily diet to include this drink. It is ideal for those that are anaemic, vegans and vegetarians.
I started taking this on the advice of the midwife when I was pregnant and I still take it now that my baby is 6 months old, partly because I am a vegetarian and I find it difficult to get enough iron through diet alone.
Spatone is, effectively, a mineral water that happens to be really high in iron. It comes from a spring in Wales and is completely unprocessed - nothing is added to it, it is a completely natural product.
The main advantages of Spatone are that it is more easily absorbed than iron tablets, but does not have any side effects for most people (iron tablets can cause constipation). It comes in one-a-day sachets, 28 to a box, so about a month's supply (or a little more if, like me, you are not strict about taking it every day). You can take two sachets a day if you are pregnant or anaemic. It is expensive, around £7 a box, but it is quite often on 3for2 offers at Boots so I usually get it from there.
The main disadvantage (apart from the cost) is that it tastes HORRIBLE because of the high iron content. If you've ever bitten your tongue so that it bled, you'll have a good idea of what to expect. The best way to take it is either to just down it and then drink something which tastes better immediately, or to put it in fruit juice or strong squash. Juice containing Vitamin C is best because this helps the absorption of iron.
Spatone is suitable for just about everyone, including children from the age of two - if you can get them to take it given the taste - which is helpful if you are raising your children on a vegetarian or vegan diet (it is suitable for both of these diets). I like this product and plan to keep using it indefinitely.
I have always suffered on and off with iron deficiency. My doctor recommended I take supplements but whatever brand I tried it just didn't agree with me. I suffered so much with digestive problems in a reaction to the tablets that I just ended up not taking them.
Then I found spatone! Spatone is a gentle iron-rich formula. It comes in sachets of water, which you add to juice or water. It's so simple to take and I have not had any kind of side effects since taking them. One sachet is equal to a day's RDA of Iron. It costs around £7.00 for 28 sachets (so just under a month's supply) and is avaliable from places such as Boots.
- Very easy to take and to fit around your lifestyle.
-NO side effects.
- Quite expensive.
-Not avaliable on NHS prescription.
-Not readily avaliable (not currently stocked in supermarkets)
-Not sure if is effective as regular iron supplements as not been retested.
Despite the disadvantages, the lack of side effects means this a real solution who are need in topping up their iron levels.
I tried SpaTone on the prescription of a health professional who assured me that it would have no side-effects. I took it for 2 days and how very ill it made me!! Everything including gastro-intestinal upset, head pain, eye pain, nausea, severe muscle twitching in my left leg just like in Parkinsons disease and generally feeling unwell. I consulted a Pharmasist last night who told me that Spatone is very strong and I should just use Fab iron, which does not disagree with me. Her whole family have used FAB iron and no one has mentioned any problems. It seems to me that health professionals are taking the companies claims at face value without anyone checking as to whether some people may have problems and that particularly in the UK, the nation of manufacture, no-one dare complain.Regards Lorna G Bowles aged 55 Sydney Australia
I was recommended to take Spatone by my doctor after my iron levels dropped during pregnancy and I became slightly anaemic. Iron is an important mineral for the body and a lack of iron can manifest in symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and dizziness as your body struggles to deliver oxygen around the body. Vegetarians and pregnant women are particularly prone to anaemia but really anybody can benefit from a gentle iron supplement such as Spatone especially if you are particularly active or over 60.
Spatone can be found in most pharmacies such as Boots and Lloyds but I have also spotted it in my local Wilkinsons and Savers. It comes generally in boxes of 14 or 28 sachets and they are priced in the region of £3-4 for 14 or £6-8 for 28. I bought a box of 14 at first to see how I got on with it, but ended up taking advantage of a Boots 3 for 2 offer and bought three of the larger boxes - 84 sachets for about £14.
The boxes themselves are larger than most supplement boxes, made of strong cardboard and have a bright orange and white design; but despite this I did have trouble spotting them on the shelves the first two or three times I bought them. Both times I had to ask for assistance in spotting them as they really don't stand out on the shelf. Once opened the boxes contain 14 or 28 rectangular orange sachets and an information leaflet about the product. Each sachet contains iron-rich mineral water from a Welsh spa (supposedly discovered by a Roman legion) and contains the equivalent iron to 2lbs of spinach or 8lbs of brocolli. The information leaflet provided with the Spatone sachets is clear, easy to read and very reassuring/ informative; I didn't have to scan through reams of information but yet felt I was getting everything I needed to know before trying the product.
Having had very negative experiences with NHS prescribed iron tablets in the past I was a little dubious and slightly concerned about taking this product. The leaflet is very reassuring about Spatone not usually causing constipation or stomach problems so I broke out the orange juice (Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron) and gave it a go. The recommended amount is one sachet a day but as I am pregnant I am 'allowed' to take two, either together or separately. The amount of water in each sachet is about 100ml or so (amount is not actually stated on the packaging so it is a guess) and has a very distinctive 'rusty' metallic taste. I don't find it particularly unpleasant but it gives the orange juice quite an interesting tang-I am quite aware that it is there. There haven't been any side effects so far and I have been feeling much more energised and enthusiastic after taking it for 5 weeks. When my daughter is not well I mix a sachet with her fruit juice and she drinks it without complaint; which for an opinionated four year old (it is not recommended for those under two years old) is quite an achievement-she can usually spot something 'healthy' from miles away! My only complaints are firstly that the fruit juice I take it with gives me heartburn as it is better taken on an empty stomach, but this is hardly serious and easily dealt with; and secondly that the sachets can sometimes be a little tricky to open and when I dropped a little on my unstripped wooden worksurface it has left some little grey stains. On the more serious side these sachets may be difficult for some people to open - I know my 91 year old grandmother would struggle to open and pour out the Spatone without spilling some.
Spatone is expensive if you use it as a daily supplement as depending on the size of the box etc sachets can cost between 10 and 33p and I am glad I don't have to take two sachets a day indefinitely. However it is certainly something I will be buying and keeping in the house for when my energy levels need a boost or we are all feeling under the weather to help out our immune system. I haven't noticed any side effects from taking the Spatone and it has definitely raised my iron levels from slightly anaemic back into the normal zone. I am very glad I don't have to eat the equivalent amount of spinach or broccoli every day!
I love Spatone, it's fab. The reason it is fab, is that it means I didn't have to take hideous constipating iron tablets all through 3 pregnancies.
It comes as a little sachet with some water inside. The water is from a spring (oop north somewhere I believe!) that is very high in iron. Its a different iron compound to the one they put in iron tablets, and is more easily absorbed by the body. So you need less of it to get iron, and most importantly, you don't get constipated. Constipation from iron tablets arises from the body not being able to absorb the iron and just sending it straight on through - you don't have that problem with Spatone.
Funnily enough, it tastes quite metallic. But it is good to take it at the same time as vitamin c, so I put the contents of the sachet in a glass of orange juice, and can't tast the spatone.
You take one sachet a day, or two in pregnancy.
And the proof of the pudding is - normally I am borderline anaemic. But in 3 pregnancies I have had midwives commenting on my nice high iron levels all the way through.
The cheapest way to buy it is on 3-for-2 at Boots.
A mineral-containing spa water that claims to be the gentlest, most easily absorbed natural iron supplement available