Review: Why Active Iron is The Only Iron Supplement That Works For Me

When you divulge with someone who you follow a mostly plant-based diet you are often subject to inquiry.

How do you get your protein? If you were stuck on a desert island would you eat meat? Do you get enough iron?

As annoying as this interrogation can be (no, for the last time, I do not miss cheese) I do appreciate people’s nutritional concerns.

I’m very aware that when you take something, or in a vegan’s case several things, out of your diet it’s important to look at what you’re replacing it with and how it might affect your health.

Active iron Image via @activeironworld on Instagram
Image via @activeironworld on Instagram

As such, when I chose this dietary route (I’ve been strictly vegan along the way, but now I’m settled as someone-who-follows-a-plant-based-diet-90%-of-the-time and loving this less restrictive place) getting regular blood tests to make sure all is in check – and to keep my mom happy.

Thankfully, a varied plant-based diet has kept me healthy across the board, except when it comes to my pesky iron levels that is… *insert side eye emoji here*.

Of course, there are loads of plant-based sources of iron, and I make a concerted effort to eat as many as possible, but the issue is they are a ‘non-heme’ form of iron which is poorly absorbed by the body.

‘Heme’ iron, which is found only in meat, poultry, seafood, and fish, is absorbed at a much higher rate.

So what’s a plant-loving girl (who also happens to be very active, confounding the situation) to do? Take an iron supplement that’s what.

I’ve tried many iron supplements, and most have managed to keep my iron levels topped up effectively, however there always seemed to be a downside.

Spatone, the natural liquid iron supplement, which comes in little sachets, was messy to take, bulky to store, and after some time my teeth started to go black – not a good look.

I’ve tried many iron supplements, however there always seemed to be a downside. Then Active Iron, an Irish innovation, came on my radar…

Other go-to iron supplements, such as Galfer and Floradix, irritated my stomach.

Then Active Iron, an Irish innovation, came on my radar. Read on for all you need to know about Active Iron and my experience taking it…

What’s the hype?

It’s clinically proven that Active Iron is better absorbed and better tolerated than other iron products.

Thanks to a ground-breaking protein formula works with your body for strong absorption, but it’s still gentle enough to take on an empty stomach.

As such it does not cause inflammation preventing unwanted side effects associated with other iron products such as stomach pain, cramp, sickness, and constipation.

Who’s it suitable for?

Active Iron is a great option for vegetarians – one daily capsule contains the equivalent of 17 cups of spinach.

Note that it’s not suitable for strict vegans as it contains whey protein.

Vegetarian’s aside, an Active Iron can help boost anyone over the age of 12’s energy levels, helping tackle tiredness.

Active exercisers, especially adults who enjoy endurance exercise, may benefit from taking iron supplements to maintain and support energy.

Plus getting enough iron is important to support normal immune and cognitive function.

And FYI, women can need up to three times more iron than men so it’s worth considering getting an extra dose.

It’s suitable for use during pregnancy too, and in fact scooped ‘Best Maternity Supplement’ in the 2018 Pregnancy & Parenting magazine awards.

How do you take it?

Just one Active Iron capsule a day provides all your iron needs.

Active Iron is gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. It can be taken with water or fruit juice.

It’s recommended to avoid taking Active Iron with milk, caffeine or antacids (indigestion remedies).

Does it work?

I’ve been taking Active Iron now for over a year and have maintained a normal iron levels consistently ever since.

Unlike other iron supplements it’s so easy to take, no sachets to tear and squeeze (and dribble down your face), no strong-smelling liquid needing to measured out onto a spoon.

If you’re looking for an effective Iron supplement that’s as kind as it is strong I couldn’t recommend Active Iron more.

I take the daily dose, one capsule, first thing in the morning and because of its gentle formula I don’t have to think about needing to take it with food to avoid stomach irritation.

I’ve had zero side effect from taking it – think stomach pain, cramp, sickness, and constipation – and it appeals to my vanity as it doesn’t stain my teeth black!

If you’re looking for an effective Iron supplement that’s as kind as it is strong I couldn’t recommend Active Iron more.

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost?

You can pick up Active Iron in most pharmacies, including Boots (often included in their ‘3 for 2’ deals), Meagher’s and Lloyd’s, for around €17.99 for 30 capsules, a month’s supply.

The cheapest way to get your fix of Active Iron, however, is to buy directly through

A month’s supply is also €17.99, but the more you buy the more you save; you can opt for 3 months supply for the price of 2 (€35.98), or there is the option to subscribe which works out at €11.99 per month.

You can also trial a pack of 10 capsules for €9.49, if you’re in the need of an instant boost. Shipping, regardless of which price point you opt for, is free.

What else is in the range?

The company recently brought out two new high does vitamin and mineral products, Active B Complex+ For Women and Active B Complex+ For Men.

Active B Complex+ for Women is formulated with high strength B vitamins to help tackle tiredness and support hormonal balance.

While Active B Complex+ for Men helps boost mental energy and performance.

Both have been specially designed to work with Active Iron it’s targeted delivery system supports synchronised release of other minerals so when taken with Active Iron or other iron supplements it ensures optimum absorption.

Both are priced at €10.99 for 30 capsules, a month’s supply.
Review by Erica Bracken, Editor at You can follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.