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 chewable tablet. Keep these capsules with you to take as needed during an iron-rich meal.
Hemochromatosis Help's Calcium Chews are made of calcium citrate. Calcium citrate is significantly more absorbable compared to many other forms of calcium (such as calcium carbonate). Calcium citrate is also very safe and easy to digest.
All-natural sweeteners are used and natural orange and pineapple flavors enhance the taste.
Our form of calcium does not produce intestinal discomfort, constipation, or gas like some forms of calcium.
Use Calcium Chews at meals that contain iron, especially with meals including meat, poultry, seafood, or fish.
Note: Hemochromatosis Help's Calcium Chews are available for purchase and shipping both in the United States and Internationally
Suggested Use: 1-2 chews daily with meals. Calcium Chews may be particularly effective if used at meals that happen to contain higher amounts of iron.