Calcium is the only nutrient that has been clinically shown to reduce the absorption of heme iron from food.
Heme iron is found in meat, poultry, seafood and fish. Animal proteins contain hemoglobin and myoglobin, and this heme iron is very readily absorbed by the body... especially in hemochromatosis.
Normally, 20-30% of heme iron is absorbed from a meal. In those of us with hereditary hemochromatosis, absorption is up to 4 times greater- meaning 80-100% of heme iron can be absorbed from a meal!
Of all the iron-blockers out there, only calcium has been demonstrated to block heme iron absorption.
In fact, calcium is a potent enough iron inhibitor that many nutritional educators warn people with iron deficiency to avoid this powerful mineral at iron rich meals (so that they avoid iron-deficiency anemia)!
Fortunately for those of us on the opposite end of the iron spectrum with hemochromatosis, calcium is ideal to combine with meals that contain iron. This unique heme iron blocking effect sets calcium apart from the crowd.
Heme iron is most readily absorbed by the body as well as the most likely form of iron to contribute to the symptoms and consequences of hemochromatosis.
This calcium supplement provides a well-tolerated, easy-to-absorb source of calcium in a convenient capsule. Keep these capsules with you to take as needed during an iron-rich meal.
The calcium in Hemochromatosis Help's Calcium Complex comes from both microcrystalline hydroxyapatite and calcium citrate. Both of these forms are significantly more absorbable compared to many other forms of calcium (such as calcium carbonate). Hydroxyapatite and calcium citrate are also very safe and easy to digest, and do not produce intestinal discomfort, constipation, or gas like some other forms of calcium.
For individuals with hemochromatosis, the microcrystalline hydroxyapatite form of calcium has yet another benefit. Hydroxyapatite is also a source of the mineral phosphorous. Studies have shown that in combination with calcium, phosphorous reduces iron absorption from meals.
The heme iron blocking abilities of calcium in combination with the non-heme iron blocking abilities of phosphorous make this supplement an excellent choice for reducing iron absorption!
Suggested Use: 1-2 capsules daily with meals, especially with meals including meat, poultry, seafood, or fish.
This dietary supplement is free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast, and soybeans. Contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.