This may be one of the more well known iron supplements out there, but I always wandered if that was because it was so good or because it was just well advertised. I have never needed an iron supplement until a few months ago when a blood test revealed a deficiency in my iron levels. Now usually I like to look for foods that are rich in certain vitamins and minerals so that I could avoid taking tablets every morning, but this seemed like a good opportunity to try out the iron supplement that everyone seems to be asking about.
Before I started taking floradix, so most noticeable symptom I was feeling was fatigue. It became very difficult to get up in the mornings, I had the feeling of having no sleep even after getting between 8 and 9 hours sleep. I would feel run down, with frequent headaches and heavy eyes. Overall I felt I had no life in me, I wouldn’t to go anywhere or socialise. I would just want to be at home curled up on the sofa where I could relax. Needless to say this is no way to live when your friends are out having fun, and you’re not going because you have absolutely no energy!
My intake was the recommended 10ml twice per day, and I took this for 2 weeks. On the morning of day 4, I found myself getting out of bed with no trouble at all. Nothing about my lifestyle had changed, and I hadn’t been getting anymore sleep than usual. By the end of day 6 I would get that rundown feeling I had always been getting, but it was hard to tell whether it was down to it being a long day, or if my iron levels just still were not high enough. I believe the change was so slight that I wasn’t really noticing an increase in energy in the day.
I wasn’t until day 17 that I noticed I had finished a day at work and was invited out for a drink that I realised that I had the energy to continue the day. My first thought wasn’t to rush home and just collapse on the sofa; instead I headed out for a couple of hours to have fun! By the time I came home I was definitely ready for bed, and this was around 8:30, so that it still quite early, but much later than usual. I could usually feel ready for bed at around 6pm. So this was clearly progress.
By day 24 I felt like I had my life back! I was waking up feeling refreshed, had the energy to go to work, socialise, exercise and then maybe even make it to 11pm to see what they actually show on TV at the time! I continued to take the floradix until it was finished, taking me to day 28. I had a blood test soon after which showed me that my iron levels had improved, win! The next question was did I need to continue with the supplement, or will my iron levels just drop again?
I was advised to continue taking the iron supplement I had been taking, but half the amount I had been taking each day, meaning I would be taking 10ml per day. A new bottle would then last me 2 months, and at this point I could return to my GP for another check up.
The 2 months has passed, and I wouldn’t say I felt like I had any more energy than I had before, but I most certainly did not return to my lifeless self. My iron levels were tested again and by this point my iron levels were now fine. Once again the question was, will this all come back in a few months? The simple diagnoses for me was that I was just not getting enough iron in my diet, and so making sure to eat the correct foods was key! I stopped taking the supplement and made sure the every day leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale made it into my meals. As a treat I would also eat apricots, which are also full of iron.
It has been 10 months since I stopped taking floradix, and I still feel great! In all honesty, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to raise my iron levels back to where they should be with just a diet change, or at least it would not have happened so quickly. Floradix is the first thing I recommend to anyone looking to raise their iron levels without having to eat kilos of spinach a day!
Where this product differs for me from other brands, is the herbal and fruit juice extracts, which are a natural source of vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin C. Now it is iron that contributes to normal red blood cell and haemoglobin formation, but this is also supported by vitamins B6 and B12. Additionally to that, vitamin C increases iron absorption. There is no need to dilute Floradix in water or fruit juice as it already has a fruity taste, all be it a slightly metallic one. I have never had a problem drinking it, and have never met anyone else who could not drink it as it is. Just a quick shot and you are good to go!
Just a note, that the original Floradix comes with wheatgerm extract, but there is an option for anyone trying to avoid gluten named Floravital, which is no more expensive than the original, and has all of the same benefits.