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carean10 10-03-2012 01:52 PM

Low ferritin not responding supplements
Hey guys,

I've suffered from low ferritin (usually around 10) for 2 years now. My doctor recommended I take iron supplements, which haven't done anything. I've tried everything, I take it on an empty stomach, take it with vitamin C, I've taken it in liquid form, too. I can tolerate an enormous amount of iron. Now I am taking 4-5 iron pills a day, with absolutely no side effects whatsoever. Has anyone else on this message board been able to take this much without feeling anything? My hunch is that my body doesn't create enough to digest the iron, but I really have no idea.


Leegh 10-03-2012 02:42 PM

Re: Low ferritin not responding supplements
I think drinking tea and coffee can cause affect iron absorption, so if you drink tea or coffee you may want to consider cutting back or stopping.

AineEriu 10-03-2012 04:33 PM

Re: Low ferritin not responding supplements
Try switching the type of iron you take. Polysaccharide iron and carbonyl iron are very well tolerated and absorbed, but not what doctors usually prescribe. You can order either online. Walgreens carries something called Bifera which alot of people have luck with. It is a polysaccharide iron combined with heme iron. Heme is the kind of iron you get with eating red meat. CVS carries Sundown's Perfect Iron which is carbonyl. You can order either off the internet too. Proferrin, though an expensive option, is just pure heme iron. Steak in a pill. I'd try carbonyl first. No sense spending the money for the top shelf stuff if you don't have to. And 25mg of carbonyl is 25 of elemental iron. I'd start with 100mg a day taken with 800mg of vitamin C and see where that gets you.

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