• GlobiFer

    GlobiFer is an iron supplement for situations where the usual diet does not offer an appropriate iron level. Individuals suffering with Iron Deficiency are characterized by fatigue, listlessness and a general lack of energy. GlobiFer offers a reliable and reproducible method of ensuring normal iron levels and preventing iron deficiency.



Importance of Iron

Iron is an essential nutrient. Essential because the body does not produce iron, it needs to be obtained from food. Iron is present in all cells in the human body and plays a vital role in health and well-being. Without sufficient iron, many physiological functions become impaired.

Iron is an essential element for blood production. About 70 percent of your body's iron is found in the red blood cells of your blood called haemoglobin and in muscle cells called myoglobin. Haemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues. In situations where the body doesn’t have sufficient iron the production of haemoglobin may be affected. Consequently, the oxygen supply to cells and organs can reduce, which may leave you tired and short of breath. Iron is also critical for growth, development, normal cellular function, and synthesis of hormones and connective tissue.

Our body contains 3-4 g of iron, and we have to maintain this level. A daily balanced diet contains 10-15 mg of iron of which 1-2 mg is absorbed. Our body only absorbs the amount of iron that is required to replace lost reserves through daily functioning, such as urine, faeces, blood, sweat and tears. So iron absorption is regulated to meet the daily demands of the body. When iron stores decrease, iron absorption increases; when iron stores increase, iron absorption decreases.

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency occurs when there is too little iron in the body. It is the most common and widespread nutrient deficiency in the world and the leading cause of anaemia. It affects 2 billion people worldwide, which corresponds to 30% of the population globally. It’s the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in industrialized countries. Possible causes are blood loss (menstruation, giving birth, blood donation, surgery, injury, diseases), increased iron requirement (pregnancy, growing newborns and infants), decreased iron absorption (diseases, certain medications) or low iron intake (vegetarians, vegans).

Low levels of haemoglobin are known as anaemia. If this is due to insufficient iron to support normal red cell production we speak about Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA). IDA is the most common type of anaemia.

Iron deficiency is more common in women than men. Groups at risk of iron deficiency anaemia include pregnant women, children and adolescents, elderly, vegetarians and vegans, frequent blood donors and athletes.

Iron deficiency symptoms

Iron deficiency can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. However, as the body becomes more deficient in iron the signs and symptoms intensify.

Fig. Symptoms of iron deficiency 

If you are experiencing a number of the symptoms listed above, you may be suffering from iron deficiency. Iron deficiency can be easily confirmed by your doctor by running a full blood count. Once iron deficiency is diagnosed the approach to treat it depends on the cause. Some approaches are as simple as making changes to your diet, others involve taking iron supplements. People with significant iron deficiency might require iron infusions or blood transfusion to address the acute need and to urgently restore iron to normal levels.

If you suspect you are iron deficient, we encourage you to contact a medical professional for a blood test to confirm. Self-treating with iron supplements can be dangerous as too much iron can cause problems.