Can someone please advise on the optimal levels of ferritin . I have been taking reactive Iron from the USA for maybe two years and my level was 28 (10 - 400 ) the Dr said it was within range ... I said how can that be ! Help !
Oliva1955, ferritin is optimal >100 through to halfway in range. How much elemental iron is in the brand you use?
I am using up a brand I was recommended by my dr in the USA when I lived there , it is Ortho molecular iron ... 28 mg ...bisglycinate chelate ... I have been on this for almost two years and I am concerned as my levels are not in the optimal range. I have started taking two capsules ..... Concerned as to why my level have not risen in the last year ...
Olivia, it hasn't risen because you are taking a very low dose. Try 1 x capsule 3 x daily and take each capsule with 600mg-1,000mg vitamin C to aid absorption and minimise constipation. Make sure to take iron 4 hours away from Levothyroxine.
I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.
Thank you for your advice , very much appreciated ... A whole new world for me since retuning from the USA ... What brand do you advise for the iron and the Vit C ?both the ones I am using are 28-29 mg 😊
Oliva1955, 210mg Ferrous Fumarate contains something like 64mg elemental iron. I use a supermarket brand 1,000mg vitamin C.
When I had mine tested and put the result on here, I was told it should be half way within the range.
Your doctor is actually right, it is within range but at the very low end.
You should aim for about 200.
Sadly Docs are trained at Medical School to look at ranges - so if you are bumping along the bottom that's OK with them. Sadly it is where you are in the range of each item that is key for OPTIMAL health.
Blood test results and clinical symptoms should be looked at together as a whole - but of course that is very old fashioned Blood tests should only be a guide and your Ferritin is on the floor. So the cupboard is bare - so when your blood makes a request for more stored iron there is nothing available.....
Surely you must have some symptoms - do you ?
What else are you taking in addition to the iron ?
Are shortness of breath and palpitations symptoms of low ferritin ?
Oliva1955, they can be symtoms of low iron/ferritin.
Wow .... not sure what my symptoms should be , the usual tiredness associated with being hypo, aching joints ... . I take ,Vit D, Vit B complex ,B12 , coQ10 , Vit k , digestive enzymes , probiotics , thyroid support complex calcium , Vit C , kelp ... Solgar gentle 28mg bisglycinate chelate x1 ( just bought this new this week )
Sorry - was not able to reply earlier - we live in Crete and are two hours ahead - so was asleep ! Lets hope that the increased dose will help you to raise your iron levels as suggested by Clutter. Perhaps you need to ask in a new question for advice on the best type of iron to take - and quote your levels.
Yes I agree - low ferritin will cause fatigue. Oxygen sticks to iron in the red blood cells to be transported around the body to all the cells. so when the iron is low - so is the oxygen - hence the fatigue.
Do you have absorption/gut issues ?
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