Buried Treasure™ Herbal Iron is a natural, comprehensive liquid multivitamin to help protect the body against stress and reducing fatigue and tiredness.
Herbal Iron is chalk-full of iron-rich plants and superfoods – including baobab, chamomile, fennel, nopal, organic spinach, rose hips – which can provide your body with the mineral it needs to function properly every day.
Iron Benefits And Daily Requirements
Iron is an important mineral, essential for good health.
It is important for red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.
There are two forms of Iron – heme iron and non-heme iron. The type of iron depends on the food source (1).
Heme iron sources are from meat and include shellfish, fish, poultry, red meat, and liver and organ meats. Plant-based sources of iron are non-heme foods, like spinach, legumes, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), quinoa, broccoli, tofu, and dark chocolate (2).
The Daily Value (DV) of Iron is 18mg for both men and women (2).
Not consuming adequate iron can lead to iron deficiency, also known as ‘anemia.’ There are many reasons for developing anemia, but most can be addressed with an increased intake of iron-rich foods or a daily iron supplement.
The Natural Ingredients In Herbal Iron
Herbal Iron contains several natural ingredients to protect the body against stress and fatigue – baobab, chamomile, fennel, nopal, organic spinach, rose hips.
As stated above, is an essential mineral for body functions. In supplements, iron usually comes in the form of ferrous fumarate (2).
This iron supplement is beneficial because it can increase red blood cell quality. It also improves the blood cell’s ability to deliver oxygen throughout the body.
- Vitamins B & C
Both B and C vitamins help the body absorb iron; primarily, non-heme, plant-based sources of iron.
B vitamins (the B-complex) – A group of eight, water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in several body processes, but are not stored by the body. They are found in several different foods, including meat, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
Some functions these vitamins provide to the body include antioxidant power, converting food to energy in the digestive process, cell growth and DNA repair, hormone production, and neurological production (3).
Vitamin C – Is also known as ascorbic acid and is an essential water-soluble vitamin found in an abundant number of vegetables and fruits, primarily citrus fruits (4).
Vitamin C plays an important role in several vital body processes and is well-known for its support of a healthy immune system, stabilizing mood, keeping bones strong, helps with iron absorption, aids in healing, promotes healthy aging, and acting as an antioxidant to fight oxidative stress.
Baobab is a tree native to Africa (also Australia and Madagascar) that produces large fruit (5). The pulp, leave, and seeds of the fruit are consumed both for their citrus flavor and its history as an ancient medicinal remedy.
The baobab fruit is nutrient-rich – containing vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It also provides the benefits of antioxidant power and promoting immune and digestive function.
Chamomile is a member of the ‘daisy’ family and is well-known for its many health benefits that go back thousands of years. This flower is edible and can be consumed in many forms, but is most commonly ingested as part of an herbal tea mixture.
Chamomile is recognized for its ability to stabilize the mood and promote relaxation (6).
Fennel is a flavorful herb with several health benefits.
The bulb and seeds of the fennel plant can be consumed to provide a variety of antioxidant, and antibacterial effects (7).
Fennel contains an ample amount of non-heme iron along with other micronutrients that boost iron absorption, like vitamin C.
Nopal cactus – also known as prickly pear cactus – is native to Mexico and Southwestern regions of the United States (8). The flat pads of the cactus plant are consumed as an everyday side dish but are also used for several medicinal purposes. Including having antioxidant properties.
Much like fennel, nopal also contains both non-heme iron and vitamin C, which improves iron absorption.
- Organic Spinach
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is loaded with nutrients. It has been associated with its ability to reduce oxidative stress, maintain eye health, and improve red blood cell quality (9).
It is also a rich source of iron and increased intake can help balance an iron deficiency. This can increase red blood cell quality and the delivery of oxygen.
- Rose Hips
Rose hips – also called the ‘fruit of the rose’ – are part of the rose flower’s anatomy. It is the red-orange colored, seed-filled bulb located underneath the rose’s elegant petals (10).
These bulbs are nutrient-rich and known for their disease-fighting properties, and also their ability to boost skin and eye health. Rose hips contain high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts iron absorption in the body.
Can Herbal Iron help with your daily routine?
As shown above, the main ingredients in Herbal Iron have been shown to have a positive effect on maintaining iron levels in the body and reducing fatigue.
If you are having difficulties maintaining an adequate level of iron on a daily basis, this supplement may provide you a natural aid to add to your routine. Herbal Iron may be the perfect boost you need to keep you up and active all day long.
Seek advice from a medical professional
It is always important to seek the advice of a trusted medical professional if you are taking a new supplement. Especially if you are already taking medications that may have adverse interactions with any ingredients in this supplement.
Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD