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floradix or pur absorb for anemia?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

hi ladies-  today that i am indeed anemic and my numbers have dropped sharply in the last few months. i was kind of expecting this even though i bumped up my iron-rich food consumption.

 

someone here mentioned pur absorb a little bit ago, and my midwife recommended floradix- so i'm wondering what your collective experience with either of these supplements is?

post #2 of 11

I have success with floravital (the vegan version of floradix). i've also started drinking wheat grass juice (made from a powder) with it because I have to get another iron test in two weeks and be above a certain level to not risk out of the birthing center. 

post #3 of 11
I was anemic with dd4 and had great success with Floradix. I've been taking it this time around too (I ran out, but ordered some online -- there's no local retailer -- and it should be here today!). I can totally tell when I haven't been taking it.
post #4 of 11

I've been taking Floradix daily for more than 2 years - starting when DD2 was about 4 months old.  It makes a huge difference for me.  I can tell when I miss a dose.  It has a strong flavor, so I follow it with plenty of water.  At first the flavor kind of bothered me, but by now I don't even think about it.

post #5 of 11

Hi Wendi,

I also take Floradix Iron & Herbs and love it.  I hear it's one of the few non-constipating iron supplements.

My midwife also mentioned that nettle tea is also a good source of iron, especially if you add a squeeze of lemon to increase absorption.  I've been drinking nettle tea for years, love it. Clipper is a great brand - some brands are bitter. 

post #6 of 11

I tested low for iron at the beginning of this pregnancy and asked a very similar question on here.  Everyone told me to try Floradix.  The next time my iron levels were tested, which was about 2 weeks later, my levels went from 10.5 to 12.8.  My OB, who I have since switched from, was amazed that it went up that fast.  I now swear by it. 
 

post #7 of 11

I have done both and had better results with Pur Absorb than Floradix by far. I think this is an absorption issue, in large part. I know I don"t absorb many things, including iron, as well as most people. The difference with Pur Absorb is that it's absorbed in a different part of the system, so I absorb it. I also have a bad habit of consuming caffeine when I'm anemic and that interferes with the absorption of most iron supplements, but not Pur Absorb. Finally, I got sick of the strong flavor of the Floradix and would not be so good about taking it.

 

They're both good and I think that -for someone with self discipline and a normal digestive system- the two are likely comparable. Pur Absorb is a cheaper vegan alternative, but I'm not vegan, so...

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

awesome. thanks for all of your responses! will definitely order floradix- and probably some nettle tea as well, since i have heard it's very helpful during pregnancy.

 

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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeeska- thanks for your input. I also have a caffeine habit I can't kick. Maybe I will pick up some pur absorb while I wait for the floradix to arrive, so I can compare how I do with the two tastes.

post #10 of 11

I'm using floradix right now (been on it for about a week and a half). I love it. I feel a million times better. The only thing is, it's wicked expensive. Does anyone know of a source for coupons or something? My local healthfood store has it at about $25/bottle, which is a two week supply.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by nilatti View Post

I'm using floradix right now (been on it for about a week and a half). I love it. I feel a million times better. The only thing is, it's wicked expensive. Does anyone know of a source for coupons or something? My local healthfood store has it at about $25/bottle, which is a two week supply.


Oh, yeah. That's the other reason I've gone to Pur Absorb. It's less than half the price; $20 for a month's supply.

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