Journey ‘Gentle’ Iron Capsules


5.00 out of 5

Specialized Ferrochel® Iron tiny easy-to-swallow capsules. No burning or constipation.


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MORE THAN HALF of all bariatric post-ops are iron deficient. Ice chewing is a sign of this disabling deficiency. People who are iron deficient tire easily because their bodies are starved for oxygen.  

WHEN ASKED WHY they did not take iron supplements as required; side effects of Stomach Upset, Burning and Constipation were the most common reasons cited. Fear of side effects is greater than fear of the deficiency.

The ‘Super-Charged’ Ferrochel® used in Gentle Iron supports iron strength in a small, easy to swallow, fast melt capsule. Unique attributes support its superior role as an iron supplement without the side effects of ordinary iron supplements. Each capsule contains 30mg of highly specialized, chelated ferrous bisglycinate.

IMPORTANT: Prescription iron uses a different measurement scale – when you are asked to take 300 IU iron by your doctor, the true amount of iron is 60mg elemental, and therefore 2 Journey Gentle Iron Capsules or 3 Journey Gentle Iron Grape Melts.

Journey Ferrochel® Gentle Iron capsules are designed to battle bariatric iron deficiency or ideally support prevention:

– Gentle Iron is non-constipating
– Recommended by hematologists after IV iron raises critical levels
– Does not react with calcium or block mineral uptake – no more ‘Two Hour Rule’
– Does not cause the stomach burning of cheaper common iron used in ‘bariatric’ brands
– Tiny neutrally charged molecules slip right through nutrient ports along ENTIRE length of intestine

In their ordinary form, minerals are difficult for the body to absorb through the intestine. Because small ‘protein peptides’ are easier for the body to absorb, the body will combine the minerals with amino acids to take advantage of the intestines affinity for protein absorption. This binding process is called chelation (key-lay-shun). Albion’s Ferrochel® does the stomachs work in advance by binding minerals to amino acids, resulting in small, organic iron molecules that can pass easily through the intestinal wall and into the body.

Directions: As a dietary supplement, adults take one or more capsules daily as recommended by a health professional.*


“People stop taking iron or never start because of side effects. We’ve all heard constipation stories and the words ‘manual extraction’ in connection with iron. We worked with specialists to find more efficient mineral forms that would work under bariatric conditions, but not cause scary problems and Ferrochel® is the answer. This is the iron form recommended by hematologists to maintain iron levels once bariatric patients have had their IV iron infusions. This Gentle Iron does not cause the same gastric or intestinal distress of other kinds of iron and does not block calcium. Plus popping a tiny capsule is EASY!” – Susan Maria Leach, BariatricEating founder and author, RNY 2001


People who are iron-deficient tire easily in part because their bodies are starved for oxygen. Iron is essential to the transport of oxygen throughout the body as is a major component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, the primary carrier molecule for oxygen. Iron deficiency can facilitate anemia, which occurs when the red blood cells cannot carry enough oxygen throughout the body.

Clinical studies with Journey’s choice of Albion’s Ferrochel® have shown that it improves hemoglobin and ferritin indices at lower dosages than ferrous sulfate or ferrous ascorbate; lower dosages mean fewer side effects and no interactions with other nutrients.

*Mechanick Jl, et al. AACE/TOS/ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Clinical Practice Guidelines, Endocr Pract. 2013;19 (No. 2)

Journey supplements are screened for harmful toxins and do not contain aluminum, lead, mercury, or cadmium. Manufactured in the USA with stringent Good Manufacturing Practices.

You may want to use Journey 3+3 Multi Caps, Tangerine or Berry Tabs as your supplement base. For pre-existing deficiencies, add the appropriate Journey components, such as Journey Vitamin D Apple Drops, Liquid Calcium Tangelo Shooter, or SuperCal DimaCal® Calcium as directed by your bariatric healthcare team.

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in

8 reviews for Journey ‘Gentle’ Iron Capsules

  1. 5 out of 5


    I am very familiar with Albion Labs supplements and the iron used in Journey Iron (ferrochel). It is chelated (which means it is better utilized in the body) and gentle. So far, it has NOT made me constipated. I look forward to getting my blood drawn in a few weeks to see if my anemia has improved! Thanks SML!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Last year my ferritin iron level was 2! (20 is the low normal). I went to a hematologist and had to have iron infusions – 5 hours with an IV surrounded by cancer patients – I cried the whole time. He told me to take 2 capsules a day of the Journey Gentle Iron capsules I had just bought. At my follow up my iron was 18 and the next time 30. I gladly take Journey Gentle Iron Capsules to not go through that again!

  3. 5 out of 5


    I have nothing but good things to say about the iron capsules I ordered I have had no stomach upset, or constipation that comes from regular iron, I will be sendind another order as soon as I can…

  4. 5 out of 5


    My iron is low and I really did not want to take a chewable. With this capsule I only have to add one more pill to my regime to bump my iron up to the level prescribed by my doctor which is a real relief.

  5. 5 out of 5


    As bariatric patients, we all know how hard it is to keep up our iron levels. When I first started taking this, and I had my annual levels checked, I was told my iron was TOO HIGH!! I actually had to back off the iron and only take this twice a week. My levels stay up and I”m a regular blood platelet donor as well. And you can”t do that unless your iron levels are good! Thank you!!!

  6. 5 out of 5


    I am on my third bottle of this product and I haven”t had any side effects that have accompanied any other iron product. There”s no stomach upset, burping or nausea. It is great.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Ordered this product because I always have a problem with iron deficiency. BE Journey Gentle Iron capsules has allowed me to tailor my dosage so that I no longer have a problem. I can take this along with my other vitamins so I don’t forget to take it. I highly recommend gentle iron, it works!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I had my RNY bypass in 1999…. That is 18 yrs !!
    I have maintained my loss (within a 10 lb range up or down) Those of us back then were surely guinea pigs. It amazes me how much knowledge about nutrition has advanced !! I remember my surgeon telling me to take 3 Flintstones chewable vitamins every day. I wasn’t very compliant because I absolutely hated the taste & even the smell used to make me gag. I was so excited when I got the go ahead to take capsules to swallow. So I was pretty compliant but as the years go by you tend to become somewhat lax about the things that are very important. I’m very picky in the taste of vitamins I take so I also hated the B12 sublingual tabs, as well as those disgusting iron tablets !! Two years ago I got a wake up call because my iron was so low that the hematologist couldn’t understand how I was walking. My ferritin was 2 hemoglobin and hematocrit were equally as low. I also had to sit through five IV treatments of iron. And yes it was me and about 15 cancer patients!! Extremely depressing I did not want to go through this again. So I started taking gentle iron and my levels are much much better!!
    I take two capsules a day along with the 3 & 3 capsules. The iron caps are smaller than the multi cabs and are very easy to take. I’m going to order the tangerine three and three and maybe then don’t have to take the extra iron. Some days I feel like I take more pills then I eat food !!
    Sorry this is so long post but the short story is the pills are easy to take and my compliance rate is much higher !!!
    Maria, you have the most amazing selection of protein shakes, snacks, foods and vitamins that are bariatric friendly !! I look forward to see what you are going to come out with Next !!!
    Keep up the good work and think about all of the patients that you have saved from serious vitamin deficiencies !!!
    Thank you so very much !!
    Bonnie Esterow

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