Just thought I'd list up the various iron supplements I'm currently ingesting (or injesting, since we may be being taken for a ride).
In the morning I take a multivitamin pill (Norwegian made), which includes 15mg of iron(II) fumarate (ferrous fumarate).
Then there's the latest addition, also an iron fumarate preparation coupled with vit C to ease absorption. 14 mg. I've been chewing these in the afternoons, but may move to a couple of hours before bed. The brain apparently absorbs iron better at night.
The the final one, which I found in a local health food shop, is called amino iron (aminoJern in Norwegian). It contains 25 mg iron bound together with two amino acids which aid its passage across the gut membrane (it's 'smuggled' into the blood stream). The actual compound is called Ferrochel, and is manufactured by Albion Laboratories Inc in the US. It's a chelate in other words.
What's a chelate? A compound containing a ligand (typically organic) bonded to a central metal atom at two or more points.
What's a ligand? In coordination chemistry, a ligand[help 1] is an ion or molecule (functional group) that binds to a central metal atom to form a coordination complex.
Thanks Wikipedia for the info, though not being a chemist I'm not much the wiser.
So, at the mo I'm swallowing 54 mg of iron every day, nearly 4 times the recommended dose.
Have I noticed any difference regarding rls symptoms? No. But then I've only been on the last two supplements for a little over a week.
Will they be making a movie of me called Iron Man IV? Very possibly.