Iron is needed to convert T4 to T3, and it’s needed to create serotonin and dopamine, which your brain needs to function. It is also a part of the energy production pathway, so when iron is too low, energy and stamina are greatly affected.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, supports energy pathways, the TCA cycle for energy production in the cell. In order to have enough serotonin and dopamine, you need enough iron to help create it. This means that all kinds of neurological functions are dependent on iron. As an example, mood and sleep disorders are greatly affected by serotonin and dopamine levels.
In other words, iron is great for a lot more than red blood cell production, as important as that is. It ultimately affects the brain, energy levels, and other systems in the body.
Iron supplements often get a bad rap because of their side effects, such as gastrointestinal disturbances and cramping. Thankfully, this can be avoided when it’s in an absorbable form.
Iron: In a highly absorbable, low-dose form.
Yellow dock: Shown to help increase the absorption of iron.
Why we love iron liquid, the brain and energy mineral
If ferritin is less than 50 ng/ml we typically see negative effects on brain functions, and if it is less than 30 ng/ml we typically experience lower energy levels. Ferritin usually has to be less than 10 ng/ml for anemia to show up, but don’t wait until you become anemic to start taking iron.
Unfortunately, iron supplements can often produce distressing gastrointestinal side effects. These side effects are a result of poor iron absorption in the GI tract and gut microbes reacting to it. Standard medical dosages of iron are usually too high and do not come in absorbable forms or with synergists to aid in absorption.
For these reasons, I (Dr. Warren) really like our Iron Liquid product. In our clinic, we’ve found that taking about 20-100 mg of iron is sufficient for an adult’s needs, particularly when paired with things that aid in absorption, like yellow dock (featured in this formula).
Yellow dock is a wonderful herb that promotes iron absorption and also helps a person empty their bowels effectively, which in turn helps improve liver function and detoxification.
If you give a low dose of iron with something that improves absorption, you’ll have way fewer side effects. This product is a low-dose, highly absorbable form of iron paired with yellow dock to further increase iron absorption, which lowers the chance of having negative side effects.
This can always be paired with vitamin C, as well, which has also been shown to improve iron absorption.
Always be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new nutritional supplement when pregnant or nursing. For children, we recommend speaking with your child's pediatrician regarding proper dosing. Store away from children.