Thanks to Penny at www.zombieinthekitchen.com for the heads up -
Walgreens has a $5 coupon in their in-store coupon catalog, dropping the price to $14.99.
Additionally, Walgreens.com has the price set at $14.99 already without the need of a coupon.
These two deals give you a 25% discount — which is substantial if this works for you. Deals run through end of January.
So I’ve been a Proferrin guinea pig for the community with wonderful results:
HGB – 12.6 (12.0 – 18.0 g/dl)
HCT – 39.7% (37.0 – 51.0%)
Ferritin – 11.1 (11-137 ng/ml)
Iron – 41 (37 – 170 ug/dl)
TIBC – 310 (265 – 497 ug/dl)
Iron Saturation – 13% (20-55%)
HGB – 13.13 (12.0 – 15.0 g/dl)
HCT – 38.21% (35.0 – 49.0%)
Ferritin – 16.3 (6 – 81 ng/ml premenopausal *which seems odd cause post is 14-186….?*)
Iron – 45 (28 – 182 ug/ml)
UIBC – 326 (130 – 375 ug/dl)
TIBC – 371 (180 – 545 ug/dl)
Iron Sat – Not measured
TIBC – 344 ( 250-450)
UIBC – 255 (150-375)
Serum Iron – 89 (35-155)
Iron Sat – 23% (15-55%)
Ferritin – 23 (10-291 — with a notation that they are changing to 13-150 for Females)
Normally, I have NOTHING for Dr. Oz to do. Especially since he thinks I’m a drug addict since I’m a chronic pain patient (really, who’s doing my intervention this week? Sign up sheet’s down the hall..c) but he has a somewhat easy way to explain heme vs. non-heme iron in an animation, plus a very easy way to explain non-iron-deficient anemia (ie just when your hemoglobin is low). Keep in mind this is not the end-all answer to anemia — but it’s a basic way to help understand some basic iron terminology.
He does make a mistake — most iron supplements do not contain both heme and non-heme iron. Only one is on the market to my knowledge, and that is Bifera. Proferrin is the only non-liver-based heme supplement on the market (when it’s not backlogged, that is) that I am aware of currently. Please note, I found this on his website sponsored BY Bifera. Imagine that.
Bifera is on sale at Walgreens this week! Buy one, get one free!
Plus? There’s still a coupon on their website for $2 off. That would mean that you could get 2 boxes of Bifera for $18 if your store is picky with coupons, or 2 boxes for $16 if they are not (some are and some aren’t — your mileage will vary). That’s quite the discount either way.
This is a great alternative to ferrous forms of iron.. and for those STILL waiting for Proferrin, at least you have something to use until then. 2 Bifera have the same amount of heme as one Proferrin. You still have to follow the iron rules due to the Poly, but it’s still got the great heme in it!
Thanks go to Penney for the heads-up!
Bifera is the only over-the-counter (OTC) iron supplement to offer both heme iron (protein-based iron) and non-heme iron (plant-based iron). Unlike other iron supplements, Bifera provides two types of iron in one small, easy-to-swallow pill for maximum absorption with virtually no GI side effects.
For years, the popular prescription prenatal supplement PreferaOB has provided the nutritional community with an oral iron combination that offers both heme and non-heme iron in one small pill with virtually no side effects. Now, for the first time, this innovation in an iron supplement will be available over-the-counter in the same form, without the prenatal folic acid, in an iron supplement known as Bifera.
I’ve mentioned that I’m doing an experiment with Proferrin – a purely heme-iron based product to help boost my crappy iron scores. While in Walgreens, and now CVS (complete with iPhone at hand this time, and the presence of mind to use it), I found this — a Proferrin / Poly iron blend. And it’s relatively cheap compared to the Proferrin. Admittedly it’s not as strong , but it’s readily available for those who aren’t wanting to purchase online or aren’t willing to take the plunge with something so completely “different” in terms of iron.
Bifera’s website has more info, plenty of propaganda information, and ooh! A $2 coupon.