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Help with supplements please

December 2017

FOLATE 2.36 (2.50 - 19.50) GP says only slightly under range, no action needed

VITAMIN B12 207 (180 - 900)

VITAMIN D 30.2 (25 - 50 deficient. Supplementation is indicated)

FERRITIN 37 (30 - 400)

I take 800iu D3 since November 2013 and confirmed iron deficient but not on iron, thanks

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Your folate is low, your b12 is low as it ferritin, low ferritin points to low iron .

You need to follow the vitamin D protocol to being levels up correctly and safely to reach optimal of 200nmol

You also need to join vitamin b12 wake up group on Facebook.

Low b12 will cause irreversible nerve damage if left untreated.

You need 5mg of folic acid a day & b12 injections


My favorite group.


Low B12 causes major problems, read sister site on health unlocked Pernicious Anemia society , very important. Low b12 causes nerve damage and ms like symptoms.

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Why oh why do these GPs ignore the symptoms and THEN when proved to be below range (which is actually below low reference point) do they still choose not to take action. I would go back and say ‘You are risking my health I want further investigation for PA and I want treatment’ ‘because I feel crap’ and then turn on the tears and you’ll get a better response


link to PAS forum


the above imply absorption problems - common result of hypothyroidism - even more common if the cause is auto-immune




I normally post on Pernicious Anaemia Society forum. Lots of B12 info on there.

UK guidelines recommend people who are symptomatic for B12 deficiency should be treated even if B12 is within range.

BSH Cobalamin and Folate Guidelines


B12 Deficiency Symptoms



UK B12 websites

PAS (Pernicious Anaemia Society)


B12 Deficiency Info


I am not medically trained.


Your Dr needs shooting but sadly they know very little about vitamin levels and illness because of low levels (if it was them feeling ill, they'd soon do something about it! Makes me so cross)

The ranges used are already far too wide and even when you are under, they still say no action needed. They did this to me too. Please do some research for yourself and dont rely on those that keep you ill. This happened to me.

VIT D: You need loading doses to get your levels up ie: 10,000 D3 soft gels plus K2 plus Magnesium. These three work synergistically together.

B12: This is very low and you will be symptomatic at that level. Ideally, it needs to be above 500 but preferably nearer the top of the range. 'Better you' B12 is easily absorbed.

Folate: Appalling level, please supplement without delay as B12 works with Folate.

Ferritin: Again, very low. One thing that has helped me is Spatone taken in Fresh orange juice. (I couldnt get on with iron tablets as they caused blinding headaches but this worked for me and levels are climbing slowly now.

I am not a medical expert but do have experience of being in the care of negligent GP's who know nothing about vitamins. I am now getting better.


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