Absorption of iron from ferric hydroxypyranone complexes.Br J Nutr. 1994 Feb; 71(2):203-7.BJ
The absorption of 59Fe from preparations of FeSO4 and the ferric hydroxypyranone complexes maltol and ethyl maltol was studied by whole-body counting in normal subjects and patients with Fe deficiency. Fe in the Fe3+ complexes was in general absorbed almost as well as Fe2+. It is concluded that the absorption of Fe3+ from hydroxypyranone complexes is much greater than that from simple Fe3+ salts; this may prove an efficient and less toxic form of Fe for the treatment of deficiency.