I received an email from one of our customers:
I am I long time customer. I use your willvites multi. I am 62 years old. Should I use the iron free formular?
I have read that the older you are the harder iron is on your digestive tract.”
There are two issues here. First, I hate to see someone take action because they are concerned about something that may happen. It might not. Second, I think there are way too many people who totally eliminate iron from their supplement regimen. My response to this customer was as follows:
“Iron is a very important nutrient. Willvite only contains 9 mg per four tablets, which is one-half the recommended daily requirement. I would not eliminate iron from my supplement regimen merely because of concerns that it _might_ be “harder on the digestive tract” as you get older. Not at all. I think too many people make a mistake in totally removing iron.”
Yes, if you have the genetic disease hemochromatosis, you want to eliminate iron. Yes, if you are a woman, your need for replacing iron lost each month during menstruation ends during menopause. But iron deficiency–both overt and subclinical–is a common and serious problem. It is a mistake to over-react and completely eliminate iron from your diet and/or supplements.
I have written several articles elaborating on this topic, and if you are interested, I urge you to go to www.willner.com and read them. When you go to the Willner home page, select “iron” from the drop down menu under “Library Quick Search.”