This atom-sized (nano/angstrom) iron is especially exciting for people with gut disorders, since normal iron is quite irritating to the gut and can trigger intestinal bleeding, or result in constipation. Previously, this lead to quite a multi-step process in my book, Listen To Your Gut, mapping out a way for readers to take iron in order to boost absorption, yet guard against these adverse effects.
All of that becomes unnecessary with this atom-sized (angstrom/nanoparticle-sized - less than 250 picometres in diameter) ionically charged iron, since it does not require digestion and therefore does not irritate the GI tract. I even tested it by taking 8x and then 16x the dose on one day – but there were no adverse effects.
However, you do not want to hold this atom-sized iron in your mouth as it may stain your teeth. So best to just mix it in water and swallow quickly.
I used this iron myself to raise both my hemoglobin and my ferritin (iron stores). It works really fast and there are no intestinal effects as it does not require digestion. For this reason, it should be safe to use whilst bleeding – but go slowly and test it to be sure.
The iron particles are atom-sized (.10 nm), very tiny nanoparticles, which are absorbed instantly into the blood and cells. To prevent constipation, be sure to follow the dosage with lots of water or other liquid. Take your iron dosage as directed on the label, then follow it with a glass of water. It tastes only faintly of iron, but mostly just like metallic water. Kids can take it with no problem.
This was sent in by a reader of mine who tried desperately to increase her ferritin (iron stores) yet nothing worked until she tried angstrom (atom-sized) iron. She is a nutritionist and her husband is a Pediatrician - so they track data, yay!:
"We drew my ferritin today and it looks promising for the angstrom iron!
I started the angstrom iron on 12/29/12, so its been about 7 weeks.
"Here's my last SEVERAL ferritin results (yup, I'm a dork). This seems statistically significant to us, which is exciting. Mostly exciting too because I can tolerate it, no problem!"
Note: If using this iron to raise hemoglobin, it's a good idea to test after 6 weeks as it usually works faster than regular iron supplements.