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lesbud1
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any recommendation for which iron supplements are best? thanks

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SeasideSusie
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Whether you need an iron supplement depends on your iron panel results or if you have iron deficiency anaemia. It's not a good idea to take iron tablets without knowing if you need them. Have you got any results to share?

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lesbud1

I haven't had any more bloods done since the last time and my ferritin was 46.1ug/l and you mentioned that it needed to be higher for good thyroid function.

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SeasideSusie
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in reply to lesbud1

That's right, it needs to be at least 70 for thyroid hormone to work properly. I would have also suggested eating liver and other iron rich foods is a good way to raise ferritin.

I never suggest iron tablets because iron is complicated. If you already have a good serum iron level but ferritin needs improving, if you take iron tablets then you could very well raise serum iron level too much, and too much iron is as bad as too little.

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lesbud1

okay thank but I don't eat liver so not able to increase the iron that way.

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SeasideSusie
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Well, you can chop it very small/mince and hide it in strong tasting meat dishes like curry, casserole, chilli, cottage pie. Then there's liver pate and maybe black pudding if you like a fry up. There was also a link to list of iron rich foods in my previous reply.

Another way is to cut it into tablet sized pieces (cooked or raw), freeze it then take enough "frozen tablets" over a week to come to about 120-140g, which is the amount of liver which raised my ferritin level from 39 to 119 eventually.

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lesbud1

all sound very good ideas but I don't eat beef, lamb or pork but I suppose I could get chicken livers somewhere in my diet. thanks

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SeasideSusie
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in reply to lesbud1

Gram for gram, chicken liver has almost double the iron content of beef liver, and they're the mildest tasting of all liver. Bung it in all sorts of things! And of course, chicken liver pate if you like pate.

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lesbud1

that's good. thanks will do that.

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