Each ingredient contained within CELI•VITES Blood Health was purposefully selected. To learn more about each ingredient, click the tabs below.
The iron in our Blood Health formula is in chelated form, ferrous bisglycinate (Ferrochel®), with remarkable bioavailability of up to 75%. This form of iron is absorbed up to three times better than ferrous sulfate. Ferrochel® is safe, as with other forms of iron, absorption is inversely correlated with hemoglobin levels (hemoglobin is a proxy for iron stores in the blood). Ferrochel® is also easy on the digestive system; When 30 mg of ferrous bisglycinate was given for 8 weeks there were zero digestive complaints.
Giorgini E. et al. (2001) The use of sweet rolls fortified with iron bis-glycinate chelate in the prevention of iron deficiency anemia in preschool children. Arch Latinoam Nutr 51(1 Suppl 1):48-53. PMID:11688082
Pineda O. and Ashmeda H.D. (2001) Effectiveness of treatment of iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children with ferrous bis-glycinate chelate. Nutrition 17(5):381-384. PMID:11377130
Pineda O. et al. (1994) Effectiveness of iron amino acid chelate on the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adolescents. J Applied Nutr 46:2-13.
Vitamin B12 is necessary for red blood cell formation and neurological function. Those suffering from malabsorption due to celiac or other intestinal diseases may be deficient in Vitamin B12. Blood Health by Celi•Vites provides 100% of the daily value as the active, Body Ready or coenzyme form, methylcobalamin.
Leishear K. et al. (2012) Relationship between vitamin B12 and sensory and motor peripheral nerve function in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 60:1057-63. PMID: 22690982
Folate is important for red blood cell development and in the regulation of homocysteine. Adequate folate supports healthy fetal development and during lactation it supports the developing infant. 100% of the daily value for folic acid is provided as [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (Quatrefolic®) or 5-MTHF. This is the coenzyme form of folic acid bypassing the necessity of metabolism by the body. In a clinical study with 144 women, the change in plasma and red blood cell folate concentration over time was greater when administered 5-MTHF than folic acid. Due to genetic variation, some people cannot convert folic acid into 5-MTHF.
Lamers Y. et al. (2006) Red blood cell folate concentrations increase more after supplementation with [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate than with folic acid in women of childbearing age. Amer J Clin Nutr 84:156-61. PMID:16825690
100% of vitamin B2 is provided as riboflavin 5’-phosphate, the active coenzyme form. Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is required for metabolism of homocysteine; specifically, it is required as an enzymatic cofactor for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). Approximately 12% of healthy white people have a genetic variant of MTHFR (677C-T, thermoliable or TT genotype) that is less active. Evidence from in vitro studies suggests that reduced activity of MTHFR is due to instability of the interaction with its riboflavin cofactor. In a clinical study, among those with the 677C-T genotype, those in the lowest tertile of riboflavin had higher levels of plasma homocysteine, a risk factor for development of coronary artery disease. The authors conclude that in addition to folate, riboflavin requirements should be considered by government sponsored food fortification programs to prevent hyperhomocysteinemia*. Currently there are no governmental requirements for fortification of gluten free cereal and grain products.
*McNulty, H. et al. (2002) Impaired functioning of thermolabile methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is dependent on riboflavin status: implications for riboflavin requirements. Am J Clin Nutr 76:436-41. PMID: 12145019
To increase iron absorption and utilization, 200% of the daily value of Vitamin C is provided as PureWay-C®, an advanced form. It has long been known that vitamin C facilitates uptake of iron from the diet. It has recently been reported that vitamin C increases cellular uptake of iron bound to transferrin, a protein that carries iron within the blood stream.
Lane D.J.R., et al. (2013) Transferrin iron uptake is stimulated by ascorbate via an intracellular reductive mechanism. Biochim Biophys Acta 1183:1527-1541. PMID: 23481043
Gelatin, rice hull concentrate, calcium carbonate, magnesium stearate and silica
Q : What allergens does Blood Health contain?
A : Blood Health does NOT contain yeast, wheat, gluten, milk or milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, soy, peanuts or tree nuts, artificial color and artificial flavor. Blood Health DOES contain corn.
Q : Should a patient have his/her blood levels of iron checked after taking this product?
A : While Blood Health by Celi•Vites was designed to support healthy red blood cell development*, any persons taking nutritional supplements to address a specific medical concern should do so under the guidance of a physician.
Q : Does a patient need to have a diagnosis of anemia before taking Blood Health?
A : A large percentage of those diagnosed with celiac disease also have iron deficiency anemia. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease it would be wise to ask your doctor to determine whether anemia is also present*. In fact, many people find out they have celiac disease because of an initial diagnosis of anemia.
Q : Am I at risk if I decide to take Blood Health without having anemia?
A : Those persons not deficient in iron can develop iron toxicity by taking too much supplemental iron*. As with any nutritional supplement, seek your doctor’s advice before taking this product. WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under six. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or Poison Control Center immediately.
Q : How do I know if I am anemic?
A : Your physician can tell you whether you are anemic*.
Q : How often should I have my blood levels of iron checked after using this product?
A : You should follow the advice of your physician*.
Q : How long should I take this product?
A : Follow the advice of your physician.
Q : What is Ferrochel® and why is it beneficial?
A : Ferrochel® is a patented, chelated form of iron from Albion labs with three times the bioavailability of ferrous sulfate. Compared to ferrous sulfate, the Ferrochel® form of iron more closely resembles iron found in food and is therefore better absorbed across the intestinal tract. At Gluten Free Therapeutics we always choose the most absorbable, safest form of our ingredients.
Pineda O. et al. (2001) Effectiveness of treatment of iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children with ferrous bis-glycinate chelate. Nutrition 17:381-384. PMID:11377130
Q : What is PureWay-C® and why is it beneficial?
A : We include Vitamin C with our Blood Health because Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron. PureWay-C® is an advanced form of Vitamin C that has been studied and shown to have superior uptake, bioavailability and retention in cells when compared with other forms. At Gluten Free Therapeutics we always choose the most absorbable, safest form of our ingredients.
Q : What is the recommended daily dosage?
A : Take Blood Health once a day. We believe that taking a supplement should fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle, so each Celi·Vites product has been formulated to give you exactly what you need in one dose a day.
Q : What form of folic acid is used in Blood Health?
A : Our choice of folic acid is an example of the thoughtful formulation behind Celi·Vites. Approximately 12% of the healthy white population has a genetic polymorphism that reduces the activity of MTHFR required to convert folic acid to 5-MTHF. Therefore, all of the folic acid in the Celi·Vites line is in the form of 5-MTHF. This is good for you because 5-MTHF does not require enzymatic conversion by MTHFR, and is therefore readily available for downstream utilization by the body. Both the Blood Health and Body Health supplements contain 5-MTHF – each at 100% daily value (400 mcg).
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