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Iron absorption from a natural mineral water (Spatone Iron-Plus)

Worwood, M., Evans, W. D., Villis, R. J. and Burnett, A. K. 1996. Iron absorption from a natural mineral water (Spatone Iron-Plus). Clinical and Laboratory Haematology 18 (1) , pp. 23-27. 10.1111/j.1365-2257.1996.tb00732.x

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Spatone Iron-Plus is a naturally occurring mineral water from Trefriw Wells Spa in Gwynedd, Wales, UK which contains approximately 0.3 mg of iron per ml as ferrous sulphate. The water has been taken as a tonic since Victorian times. Iron absorption from Spatone Iron-Plus was measured in a whole body counter after labelling the water with [59Fe] ferrous sulphate. Absorption studies were carried out in 13 subjects. Mean absorption for 10 ml of Spatone Iron-Plus taken on an empty stomach was 23%. Absorption was related to body iron stores as assessed by serum ferritin. In subjects with a serum ferritin concentration of <10 μg/l, absorption was approximately 40% but was <10% in subjects with ferritin concentrations of approximately 200 μg/l. This study indicates that Spatone Iron-Plus provides iron in a highly bio-available form.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0141-9854
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 11:14

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