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Learn more about Hema-Fer and how it helps prevent iron deficiency. For more information, email info@hemafer.ca

  • What’s the difference between heme and non-heme iron?

    Heme and non-heme iron are the two major forms of iron in your diet. Heme iron comes from animal proteins such as red meat, poultry and fish.1 Non-heme iron, also known as ionic iron or iron salts, comes from non-animal sources such as spinach and legumes.1

  • Can I take Hema-Fer if I’m pregnant?

    Hema-Fer may be used in pregnancy.2 Pregnant women should consult a physician or medical advisor before taking Hema-Fer.

  • Why is iron important?

    Iron is an important mineral that is mostly used to form hemoglobin, a protein that makes up red blood cells and carries oxygen around the body. When iron stores are low, your body produces fewer (and smaller) red blood cells, which can lead to a condition known as iron-deficiency anemia.3

  • How do I know if I’m iron deficient?

    You can ask your doctor for a blood test to measure the amount of hemoglobin and iron stores in your body. You may also feel symptoms of anemia. These can include: feeling tired or dizzy, pale skin, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating or headaches.3

  • Which foods have the most iron?

    Animal protein (such as beef, poultry and fish) contains heme iron, which is directly absorbed by the body.1,4 Vegetables and legumes contain non-heme iron, which is not as easily absorbed.1

    Check out this table containing some common food sources of iron.

  • How much iron should I be getting each day?

    Your daily iron requirement depends on a few things, such as your age, gender, medical history, and whether or not you are pregnant.

    Find out your recommended amount.

    Also note that people who eat no meat, poultry or seafood may not be getting enough iron from their diet.1

  • Can I take it if I’m vegan?

    Unfortunately not. Hema-Fer contains heme protein, which is naturally derived from beef.

  • How do I take it?

    For adults, Hema-Fer can be taken as one tablet 2 to 3 times daily, with or without food. During pregnancy, take one tablet 3 times daily or as directed by your health care professional. You may have to space Hema-Fer out from other medications. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor to determine the best dose for you.

  • How much does it cost?

    At less than $25 MSRP, Hema-Fer is one of the best value heme iron supplements available.

  • Where can I buy it?

    You can purchase Hema-Fer online or in pharmacies. Find the one nearest you.

References

  1. Office of Dietary Supplements - Iron. Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-Consumer (Accessed: 24th November 2017)
  2. Hema-Fer Product License. 2017, Vanc Pharmaceuticals
  3. Iron Deficiency Anemia. HealthLink BC Available at: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw166953 (Accessed: 24th November 2017)
  4. Park et al., 2010, Vol 34(4): pp. 896-904, Journal of Food Biochemistry