Proferrin Science Experiment

On June 2, 2010, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea

Highly scientific experiment.

It’s time for yet another installment of “Andrea’s Scientific Experiment” where I test various supplements in the crappy water known as the Municipal Water of Wilson, NC.

Actually, it’s a good test considering it’s pretty alkaline, so if it can dissolve in my water?  Then it should have no problem dissolving in our guts.

This is Proferrin, what I believe is miracle iron.  This stuff has done wonders for my iron count.  You can read about the results from my iron experiment here if you’re interested.

Vitalady had been told by the manufacturer that we would need to break the tablets apart due to the coating on them.  I always have without questioning it, but have decided to test it just out of curiosity.  I know what my results are, so I’m not worried about the absorbability of the product, but am curious if the extra step is really necessary.

Shot o'iron.

The left will be left whole, while the right, well, duh, is broken in two pieces.  Both glasses contain the same amount of water (a “large” gulp) and the same temperature of water.  No cheating here.  The only thing I am not duplicating is peristalsis, which is the action of agitation that the body would be performing as it moves the pill through the esophagus, down into the pouch, then down into the intestinal tract.  I’m leaving these untouched until the very end.  So it’s not exact by any stretch of the imagination.

Here we go:

2 minutes in. (Sorry my camera focused on the bottle..)

So far, the water in the left glass is starting to turn a bit green from the coating; the right glass has water that is turning green and black.

4 minutes

The pill in the left is starting to show some black in the pill; the right is very black.

6 minutes

The left glass has the green coating almost completely gone; the right has very little green left and mostly black water swirled with some green.

8 minutes

Now both glasses have black water in them, although the right glass has a significantly higher amount due to the fact it started to dissolve faster.  In fact, the right glass is almost all black versus some black.

10 minutes

Both glasses have varying degrees of black water with tinges of the green coating melted.

Now I agitate them (because 10 minutes is my max toddler time) to see what becomes of them:

Looks... yummy.

Then I poured out the liquid to see what was left:

Left glass - intact

Right glass -- broken tablet

So in 10 minutes, yes, the coating completely dissolved off both tablets.  However, as you can see, there is quite a bit left over in both glasses.  When I messed with it, it was still fairly dense, but it fell apart as I messed with it.  So I’m guessing that the peristalsis would help it along quite a bit.

So will I continue to break my tablets apart?  Yes, but not because of the coating but because of the density of the tablet.

I still think Proferrin is the perfect iron!

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4 Responses to “Proferrin Science Experiment”

  1. mm says:

    Chug, chug, chug.

  2. michelle says:

    I think that is way cool. I’ll be anxious for the feedback from CBL on how they like this!

  3. Andrea says:

    I’ve also done Citracal and a B-complex.

    Have others to do as well.

  4. liese says:


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