E579 - Ferrous Gluconate

E579 refers to ferrous gluconate, a food additive used to provide iron.


E579 refers to ferrous gluconate, a food additive used to provide iron.

Ferrous Gluconate (E579):

  • Function: Ferrous gluconate is used as a source of iron in the diet. Iron is an essential element for the body, playing a crucial role in oxygen transport and other biological functions.


  • Dietary Supplements: Ferrous gluconate is often used in the formulation of dietary supplements due to its relative bioavailability and ability to provide iron.
  • Food Products: It can also be used as an additive in certain food products to increase their iron content.
  • Form: Ferrous gluconate is a form of iron that is often better tolerated digestively compared to other forms of iron, such as ferrous sulfate.
  • Absorption: Iron from ferrous gluconate is generally well absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Supplements for Anemia: It is sometimes prescribed in the form of supplements to treat or prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Safety: In the amounts typically used in dietary supplements and food products, ferrous gluconate is generally considered safe. However, excessive iron intake can be harmful, so it is important to adhere to recommended doses.
  • Other Uses: In addition to its use in food, ferrous gluconate may be used in certain medical and pharmaceutical applications.
  • E Number: Ferrous gluconate is identified by the E579 number when used as a food additive.

Data sheet

20kg cardboard box