Iron absorption from Spatone (a natural mineral water) for prevention of iron deficiency in pregnancy


Professor Mark Worwood, Department of Haematology, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK. Tel: +44(0) 29 2074 2726; Fax: +44(0) 29 2074 4655; E-mail:


The absorption of iron from Spatone Iron-Plus has been investigated in pregnant women with iron deficiency anaemia. A total of 25 mg Fe was taken and absorption determined from the increase in serum iron concentration during a period of 3 h. Mean absorption was 28%, significantly higher than in nonpregnant, nonanaemic women (14%). These studies demonstrate that Spatone provides an alternative to the standard ferrous sulphate tablet for prevention of iron deficiency in pregnancy. As only lower doses of iron are required, the unpleasant side-effects of iron therapy are largely avoided.