Okay, I am by no means an expert, but here's what little I understand about chelation as it pertains to supplements. Chelation means something has been added to the supplement to chemically bind it and make it more recognizable and therefore available as a nutrient to our bodies.
Iron (as ferrous sulfate anyway) is usually one of the less expensive supplements on the shelf. I'm guessing chelated iron is a bit more expensive and possibly better absorbed, but I don't know this to be a fact. Iron comes in many different forms and it all quickly becomes confusing. Bottom line: A Hematologist at our hospital told me there is soooo much doctors and scientists do not understand about how our bodies uptake and utilize iron that even they frequently try different forms to see what works for different people.
Another thing to consider, iron is a free radical (bad for you) if you don't need it. Obviously, most CD folks are deficient, but be sure before you add it. I remember my grandmother swearing by her Geritol (lots of iron in that supplement!). Nowadays doctors don't even recommend women take iron after menopause at all. Come to think of it...it's been years since I saw a Geritol commercial...is it still around?
For the record, my son has done really well on SloFE. It's available at most drug stores. There may well be something better out there, but this has worked for us! Good luck!
Grateful for everyone's help here!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.