Fight­ing anaemia with proper, healthy diet

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THE World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) re­ports that an es­ti­mated two bil­lion in­di­vid­u­als, a whop­ping 30% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, suf­fer from anaemia

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Heart, Lung and Blood In­sti­tute (NHLBI), an es­ti­mate of 20% of women of child­bear­ing age have iron de­fi­ciency anaemia

This is backed by a study car­ried out in Penin­su­lar Malaysia, re­port­ing that 25% among all women aged 18 to 60 years old are af­fected by the sick­ness Preg­nant women are even more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence Iron De­fi­ciency Anaemia (IDA) be­cause they re­quire greater amounts of blood to sup­port their grow­ing ba­bies.

Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) and WHO, an av­er­age adult needs to ab­sorb 18mg of iron each day, which is es­sen­tial for alert­ness, fo­cus and stay­ing healthy

One of the best ways to ef­fec­tively ad­dress IDA is to im­prove one’s di­etary in­take with foods that help in­crease iron in­take (iron en­hancers) and avoid foods that im­pair iron ab­sorp­tion (iron in­hibitors).

Iron en­hancers in­clude ascor­bic acid or vi­ta­min C that oc­curs nat­u­rally in veg­eta­bles and fruits. Food rich in beta-carotene also help as iron en­hancers. Heme iron, more read­ily ab­sorbed by the body, comes from good and read­ily avail­able sources such as red meat (in­clud­ing liver), poul­try meat, fish and oys­ters. Sur­pris­ingly, mod­er­ate al­co­hol con­sump­tion (two drinks a day for males; one a day for fe­males) also en­hances the ab­sorp­tion of iron

On the other hand, it is also im­por­tant to note iron in­hibitors, which are found in iron bind­ing phe­no­lic com­pounds (tan­nins) in­clud­ing tea, cof­fee and most red wines. Phy­tates present in ce­real bran, bread made from high-ex­trac­tion flour, break­fast ce­re­als, oats, rice, pasta prod­ucts, co­coa, nuts and seeds. Cal­cium such as milk, cheese, soy pro­teins also af­fects the ab­sorp­tion of iron in the body

Another way to com­bat IDA and re­build iron stores in the body is by tak­ing iron sup­ple­ments such as San­go­b­ion Com­plete – an iron sup­ple­ment with vi­ta­mins and min­er­als that pro­vides re­li­able treat­ment against iron de­fi­ciency anaemia. Be­sides iron, it has five in­gre­di­ents, which specif­i­cally pro­mote the for­ma­tion and main­te­nance of blood health – vi­ta­min C, folic acid, vi­ta­min B12, cop­per sul­fate and man­ganese sul­fate, which all help pro­mote healthy red blood cell pro­duc­tion. San­go­b­ion Com­plete comes in an easy-toswal­low vanilla-scented cap­sule that leaves no metal­lic af­ter­taste and sor­bitol that helps min­imise con­sti­pa­tion, which is com­mon in iron sup­ple­ment con­sump­tion and helps im­prove iron ab­sorp­tion as well.

Iron is best ab­sorbed on an empty stom­ach but to min­imise side ef­fects like stom­ach cramps, nau­sea or di­ar­rhoea, it can also be taken with a small amount of food. Iron sup­ple­ments should not be taken with milk, cal­cium, antacids, caf­feine and food rich in high fi­bre. Cou­pled with a healthy and bal­anced diet, anaemia can be ad­dressed with proper ex­er­cise and mak­ing life­style changes such as quit­ting smok­ing and abu­sive drink­ing.

As the No.1 iron com­bi­na­tions brand in South-East Asia San­go­b­ion is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing and strength­en­ing blood health of Malaysians.

Merck is or­gan­is­ing com­pli­men­tary haemoglobin tests at se­lected pharmacies na­tion­wide to raise aware­ness on anaemia. For more de­tails and to do an ini­tial self-check us­ing Anaemia Risk As­sess­ment Tool, visit www. san­go­b­

For queries, e-mail mer­ck­

The in­for­ma­tion con­tained in this ar­ti­cle is not in­tended or de­signed to di­ag­nose, pre­vent, treat or pro­vide a cure for any con­di­tion or dis­ease, as­cer­tain the state of your health or be sub­sti­tuted for med­i­cal care. Merck en­cour­ages you to seek the ad­vice of your doc­tor or health­care pro­fes­sional if you have any ques­tions or con­cerns aris­ing from the in­for­ma­tion in this ar­ti­cle.


WHO. Mi­cronu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies: Iron de­fi­ciency ane­mia.­tri­tion/top­ics/ida/ en, ac­cessed 25 Apr 2017.

Health­line, Iron De­fi­ciency Ane­mia, avail­able at http://www. health­­fi­ciency-ane­mia?m=0#over­view1, ac­cessed 25 April 2017

Min­istry of Health Malaysia re­port on Iron De­fi­ciency, avail­able at im­ages/gallery/rni/15_chat.pdf, ac­cessed 30 March 2016

FAO. Hu­man vi­ta­min and min­eral re­quire­ment. FAO Cor­po­rate Doc­u­ment Repos­i­tory. y2809e/y2809e0j.htm. Ac­cessed 9 April 2015.

Iron Dis­or­ders In­sti­tute. Achiev­ing Iron Bal­ance with Diet. www.irondis­or­ diet/. Ac­cessed 25 April 2017.

In­ter­nal cal­cu­la­tions based on Quin­tilesIMS data: Iron Com­bi­na­tions = ATC4 B3A2 Iron Com­bi­na­tion Prod­ucts. SEA com­prised of In­done­sia, Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, Viet­nam, Thai­land

In­ter­nal ref­er­ence no: (MYS-SAN-1704-0047)

This is a medicine prod­uct ad­ver­tise­ment.

KKLIU No.1283/2017

San­go­b­ion Com­plete of­fers iron sup­ple­ment with vi­ta­mins and min­er­als against Iron De­fi­ciency Anaemia.

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