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    Old 07-20-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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    what is ferritin? what does it do?

    I have iron and b12 defiecent anemia that I previously posted about. Anyway my doctorhas been telling me I lack ferritin in the bloodwork results that have been coming back. What does that mean? I know ferritin has something to do with iron, I think. Im not exactly sire what it is though, or what it does. Also are there supplements?
    any info is appreciated!
    thanks
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    Re: what is ferritin? what does it do?

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    I have iron and b12 defiecent anemia that I previously posted about. Anyway my doctorhas been telling me I lack ferritin in the bloodwork results that have been coming back. What does that mean? I know ferritin has something to do with iron, I think. Im not exactly sire what it is though, or what it does. Also are there supplements?
    any info is appreciated!
    thanks
    mel
    Ferritin is a protein that stores iron. My measuring ferritin you can tell how much "stored" iron there is versus how much is circulating around in your blood--which can go up and down all day.

    You cannot take ferritin as a supplement. It is only increased when your stored iron is increased. So you must build up your stored iron.

     
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