Atom-sized, nanoparticle, or angstrom-sized iron (all different names for the same thing) is especially exciting for people with gut disorders, since normal iron is quite irritating to the gut and can trigger intestinal bleeding and/or result in constipation. However, due to its extremely tiny particle size (smaller than DNA) atom-size, angstrom iron does not need to be digested. It is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Previously, with conventional iron supplements, I advised quite a multi-step process in Listen To Your Gut for taking iron in order to boost absorption and guard against adverse effects. Most of that becomes unnecessary with atom-sized or nano iron, since it does not require digestion and therefore does not irritate the GI tract. As long as you take atom-sized iron with plenty of water, there does not seem to be any ill effects.
My readers have tested angstrom, nano products like QuikPlus Iron, for years. Even people with some active bleeding have found it does not increase or trigger bleeding. Two people reported a tendency to constipation, but as soon as they began ingesting it with 4-8 ounces of water, the constipation disappeared.
I even tested it by taking 8x and then 16x the dose on one day – to see if a mega-dose would trigger anything. My stool turned green at the 16x dose, but that was all. In my teleseminar with pH balance expert, Maraline Krey (who prescribes a lot of nano atom-sized minerals), she confirmed that this green color indicated my body was throwing the excess off into my bowels.
I wanted to test the super high dose because I was concerned by research on nanoparticle ferric oxide in rat models – which showed that it caused oxidative damage in their lungs when instilled intratracheally. However, ferric oxide is a pretty irritating form of iron and who breathes iron in anyway? But still, being cautious, I wanted to test it extensively on myself first, before recommending it to others.
Initially, I used this iron myself to raise both my hemoglobin and my ferritin (iron stores), taking a double dose once or twice per day. It works really fast and there are no intestinal effects as it does not require digestion. For this reason, it should be safe to use whilst bleeding – but go slowly and test it to be sure.
The iron atoms are picometre or angstrom-sized = 180 pm radii, very tiny nanoparticles, which are absorbed instantly into the blood and cells. It tastes fairly mild – like metallic water with a bit of a tang, so easy to get even kids to swallow. If you add it to a glass of diluted fruit juice, the taste is masked completely. Just don’t hold it in your mouth as it can stain your teeth.
Ongoing, I took a double dose, chased with lots of water, during menstruation and did that for about a decade, with no adverse effects. I know, it would be better for me to split it up into smaller, divided doses, but I just can’t be bothered! And as I have no sensitivities, it works fine for me taken in on