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- 18 mg of enzyme-activated iron
- Supported by probiotic-fermented vitamin C, folate and herbal extracts
- Formulated for real food, Paleo and keto enthusiasts
- Features multi-kingdom ingredients inspired by TCM (Traditional Chinese Method)
- Supports healthy fertility, prenatal and postpartum health†
- Supports cognitive health and reduces fatigue†
- Adults take 1 capsule per day with 8 oz of water or your favorite beverage.
- Can be taken with or without food.
A clinically studied iron shown to be gentler on the gut, this is iron like you've never seen before. Weaving the ancient principles of ancient TCM (Traditional Chinese Method) with body-ready vitamin C, folate, B12 and superfood ingredients, Ancient Nutrients Iron features a potent combination of blood- and cognitive-supporting real-food ingredients with gentle iron.
Gut Friendly Iron
Iron is traditionally known to irritate the gut, but we sourced a clinically studied form of iron that is gentle on the gut and paired it with organic vitamin C and supporting ingredients for a first-of-its-kind iron supplement.
Organic, Fermented Vitamin C
Known for its powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin C is also included in this formulation. Our Vitamin C is organic and probiotic-fermented, providing 250 mg of body-ready C in every serving.
Folate (as [6S]-5-Methyltetrohydrofolate)
Critical during childbearing years and beyond, folate helps support prenatal health, healthy fertility, cognitive health and postpartum health.†
Organic Dong Quai Root Extract
Traditionally referred to as “women’s ginseng,” this balancing, sacred herbal remedy used in TCM is generally viewed as a supporter of overall women’s health. It features ferulic acid, coumarin, various polysaccharides and more than 70 other powerful compounds that can offer positive effects.
Full List of Ingredients
Vitamin C, Folate (as (6S)-5-methyltetrohydrofolate, glucosamine salt), Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), Iron
Ancient Nutrients TCM Blend
Bovine Liver, Organic Dong Quai Root Extract, Beef Bone Broth, Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Chinese Peony Root Extract, Organic Bai-Zhu, Atractylodes Root Extract, Organic Codonopsis, Organic Astragalus Root Extract, Organic Reishi Mushroom Extract, Wild Hake Roe
Saccharomyces cerevisiae, gelatin
Servings Per Container:
|Amount Per Serving:||% Daily Value|
|Vitamin C*||25 mg||28%|
|Folate (as (6S)-5-methyltetrohydrofolate, glucosamine salt)||900 mg DFE||225%|
|Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)||20 mg||833%|
|Ancient Nutrients TCM Blend||456 mg||+|
% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Daily Value not established.
A formulation more than 2,000 years in the making and built using the TCM (Traditional Chinese Method) of formulation, Ancient Nutrients Iron features the time-tested superstars of TCM to bring a holistic approach to your iron supplement. Using the traditional Chinese approach to wellness, the aim is to tap into centuries-old ingredients and practices to support the body as a complete system rather than separate organs, a larger concept known as “Qi.” TCM ingredients aim to balance and support qi, also known as life force.
Balancing, 3-Kingdom Approach
Honoring TCM, Ancient Nutrients Iron contains specific superfood and botanical combinations time-tested through the ages. This includes a broad-spectrum of potent, TCM-approved ingredients joining together to include superfoods and superherbs from multiple kingdoms: The Fungi, Plant and Animal Kingdoms.
We did the work so your body doesn’t have to. Ancient Nutrients Iron contains bio-friendly iron that’s clinically studied and is gentle on the gut, along with supporting ingredients like vitamin C, folate and herbs and superfoods treasured in TCM.
We included a clinically studied iron source that is gentle on the gut. Ancient Nutrients Iron supports prenatal, cognitive, respiratory and blood health while reducing fatigue.†
How to Use
Can take with or without food at any time of day. Pick a time of day and stick with it!
Make the most of your Ancient Nutrients Iron by focusing on consuming a nutrient-dense diet full of phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory foods — while avoiding overly processed foods
Pairs Well With
If you’re looking for an added perk, try adding SBO Probiotics - Ultimate into your daily routine. With 50 billion soil-based CFUs*(at time of manufacture) and fermented organic botanical blend, this probiotic is an excellent addition to your gut routine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Axe Answers
Ancient Nutrition co-founder, chiropractor, clinical nutritionist and certified doctor of natural medicine is here to answer your questions!
Why is this iron supplement different than many others on the market?
In general, iron is typically upsetting to the gut, but we carefully sourced a clinically studied source of iron that is gentle on the gut. Ancient Nutrients Iron also features vitamin C, which is generally key for iron absorption in the human body.
What is the complete list of superfoods in Ancient Nutrients Iron TCM Blend?
An ancient nutritional powerhouse, liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Containing vitamins A, D, B12, B2, B3, B5, B6, omega-3s, iron, folate, zinc and more, this liver from grass-fed New Zealand cattle is amazing.
Organic Dong Quai Root Extract
Traditionally referred to as ““women’s ginseng,” this balancing, sacred herbal remedy used in TCM is generally viewed as a supporter of overall women’s health. It features ferulic acid, coumarin, various polysaccharides and more than 70 other powerful compounds that can offer positive effects.
Our ancestors simmered bones, marrow, feet, skin, tendons and ligaments for days to create bone broth containing collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine. Our chicken bone broth comes from U.S. sources we trust, while our beef bone broth is derived from Europe.
Organic Chiese Peony Root Extract
Also known as “Bai Shao”, this highly regarded root is revered for its amazing benefits.
Organic Bai-Zhu Atractylodes Root Extract
Bitter, sweet and warm in nature, Bai Zhu is a specially selected ingredient.
Organic Codonopsis Root Extract
Also known as bellflower or dang shen, codonopsis is native to China. It's taproot is used extensively in traditional Chinese herbalism.
Organic Astragalus Root Extract
Rooted in TCM, this adaptogenic perennial plant is also known as milkvetch root and Huang-qi and is hailed as an overall health supporter.
Organic Reishi Mushroom Extract
Known as the “King of Mushrooms,” the reishi mushroom is an edible type of beneficial fungus cherished for thousands of years. Also known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, TCM utilizes reishi traditionally and generally to support a healthy immune system.
Wild Hake Roe
One of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, fish eggs are high in phospholipids. Fish eggs are an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. The Omega 3s are often higher in roe than the fish itself. Our wild hake roe is sourced in New Zealand and is Marine Stewardship Council Certified.
What is TCM?
The Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) is a system of wellness that dates back more than 2,000 years and is still practiced today. It works on the belief that Qi (which loosely translates to “vital energy” and is pronounced “chee”) is essential for overall health. TCM principles adhere to the idea that proper Qi is needed to keep all systems in balance. This ties into the concept of yin and yang, defined as opposing but complementary energies. According to TCM, like Qi, yin and yang negatively affect your health when they’re out of balance. That being said, a primary goal of TCM involves balancing their equalizing relationship. One of the ways to do that involves using specific superfoods and herbs. TCM superfoods and superherbs aim to support the overall health of the systems of the body. TCM aims to create balance in the body as a whole to promote wellness and Qi. When the yin and yang aspects of Qi are harmonized and balanced out, a person typically experiences wellbeing.
How is TCM different than Ayurveda?
Both TCM and Ayurveda approach the body in a balancing way. They both address energy flow, circulation and balance in the body. For instance, that energy is referred to as “Qi” in TCM and “prana” in Ayurveda. While there is overlap in some of the botanicals used in both TCM and Ayurveda, each tradition also utilizes specific plants and foods. Ayurveda was born out of India, so often recommends traditional herbs and foods widely available in that region. TCM often focuses on botanicals and fungi more readily available in China. While TCM may utilize more animal products, Ayurveda does tend to recommend more dairy, like ghee, compared to TCM. In essence, TCM and Ayurveda are different ways to approach wellness and balance from different regions of the world.
Why do some people supplement with iron?
Overall, iron is a mineral that is an essential component of hemoglobin, but it’s also required for proper growth, development, normal cellular functioning and the synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue.
In short, it performs several important functions in the body, but one of its primary functions is its involvement in the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to tissues. Approximately 70% of iron in the body is found in hemoglobin and myoglobin. To clarify, hemoglobin is the protein found in red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues from the lungs. Myoglobin, however, is a protein found in muscles that is used for storage of oxygen.
Likewise, iron is instrumental in metabolism as a part of some proteins and enzymes. It’s generally common knowledge that iron is a significant nutrient for women and can vary in its needed amounts at different stages of her life, including age (such as childbearing age), choice of diet and more.
While adequate iron intake is important for women, it is also necessary for men. Interestingly, iron absorption is generally increased when combined with vitamin C.
Did you know that men and non-menstruating women typically and naturally lose approximately 1 mg of iron each day, while menstruating women can lose from 0.6 to 2.5%more per each day during their menstrual cycle, but can vary, due to the lightness or heaviness of the menstrual period. Pregnancy can put additional iron demands on the body.
Who is this product intended for?
This product is intended for adults looking to supplement with iron and to support cognitive function and blood health while reducing fatigue.†
Can I take this with other supplements?
Yes, you can take it with other supplements. As with any supplements containing iron, please be aware that be aware that accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children.
Is supplementation really necessary?
For many Americans the diet consumed isn’t nutritionally adequate. In fact, approximately two-thirds of the standard U.S. diet is made up of unhealthy fats and refined sugars with low or no nutrient density — providing calories but not the amounts of vitamins and minerals needed, including vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, E and the minerals calcium, magnesium and zinc.
More specifically, typical diets contain less than 80% of the RDA for calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese—and the people who are most at risk for coming up short on those nutrients are adult women and teenage girls.
Here’s the truth: If two-thirds of the standard U.S. diets are coming up short on certain nutrients, then the remaining one-third of the average diet may not be so great, either, and cannot possibly fully meet a person’s nutrient needs. One great way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet is to include nutrient-dense, real foods. Unlike our Standard American Diet, nutrient-dense foods can deliver a vitamin-packed and mineral-packed wallop. In addition to a nutrient-dense diet, some opt to take a multivitamin to help cover their bases.
Why aren’t your products labeled as being “dairy-free” or “nut free" ?
Our products do not contain dairy, grains, nuts or soy; however, they are manufactured in facilities that may carry these allergens. This being said, all of our manufacturing partners are required to have and follow a thorough Allergen Program. The Allergen Program is to prevent the cross contamination of raw materials and processing of finished goods, where allergens may be present. Simply put, when it comes to our products and our suppliers, we follow industry best practices for full transparency and accuracy concerning our products. Therefore, where applicable for our products, we use the wording “made without dairy" and "made without nuts"