Jost Iron products for Food & Dietary Ingredients
Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, an erythrocyte protein that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. As a component of myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles, iron supports metabolism. Iron is also necessary for growth, development, normal cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue.
Most of the 3 to 4 grams of elemental iron in adults is in hemoglobin which is the compound that transmits oxygen in the blood to the cells. Much of the remaining iron is stored in the form of ferritin or hemosiderin (a degradation product of ferritin) in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow or is located in myoglobin in muscle tissue. Humans typically lose only small amounts of iron in urine, feces, the gastrointestinal tract, and skin. Losses are greater in menstruating women because of blood loss.
Iron is a mineral that is naturally present in many foods, added to some food products, and available as a dietary ingredient. Jost Chemical manufactures several compendial grades of iron suitable for food and dietary ingredients, including:
- Ferrous Sulfate
- Ferric Ammonium Citrate
- Ferrous Ammonium Sulfate
- Ferric Phosphate
- Ferrous Gluconate
- Ferrous Lactate
- Ferrous Citrate Dibasic
- Ferric Citrate x-Hydrate
- Ferric SubSulfate
See a full list of Jost Iron product offerings here.
Jost Chemical Products — Iron
|Salt||Solubility %1||Metal Content %||Taste|
|Ferric Ammonium Citrate Brown||Very soluble||16.5–18.5||Strong|
|Ferrous Ammonium Sulfate Hexahydrate||20–34.270||13.5–14.2||Strong|
|Ferrous Gluconate Dihydrate||928–6080||USP 10.9-11.9|
|Ferrous Lactate Dihydrate||2–8.5100||20.1–20.8||Mild|
|Ferrous Fumarate Anhydrous||0.14||30.3–33.2||Neutral|
|Ferrous Citrate Dibasic Monohydrate||Insoluble||20.0–22.0||Mild|
|Ferric Citrate x-Hydrate||Insoluble||16.5–20.0||Mild|
|Ferric Phosphate Hydrate||Insoluble||26.0–32.0||Slightly sour, stings|
Jost Chemical also manufactures Iron encapsulated products:
- Ferrous Fumarate 60% – Product Code 7360
- Ferrous Sulfate Dried 60% – Product Code 7391
- Reduced Iron 70% – Product Code 7380
Read more about how Jost Chemical’s mineral salts, such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc, support healthy living—in this white paper: The Importance of Minerals in the Long Term Health of Humans.