Tag: ferritin

Iron Dosing: The difference between regression or results

When it comes to nutrient absorption, consuming more is not always better. This is surely the case with iron dosing.  Even for those who are iron deficient, taking too much iron can actually make the problem even worse.  In fact, you can suppress your body’s ability to take up and store iron by taking too much, […]

What does it mean when serum iron is high but ferritin is low?

This question comes up all the time. Patients are baffled when their serum iron levels come back elevated and their ferritin levels come back low even though they have all of the symptoms of iron depletion. What’s going on? Often doctors or even patients who see this think ‘oh no we better stop taking iron support’ […]

Periorbital dark circles can be a sign of iron deficiency

Are your dark circles under your eyes caused by iron deficiency?   Without adequate iron, the body is unable to properly circulate oxygen. Hemoglobin the protein that transports oxygen on red blood cells breaks down when there is insufficient iron.  This breakdown of hemoglobin causes the thin skin below your eyes to appear bruised. Not to […]

Iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy and what to do about it

Iron deficiency in pregnancy can be a serious burden on the mother and the baby.  When you get your iron results back and are told you are iron deficient most doctors will immediately prescribe Ferrous sulfate 325mg  (65mg elemental iron) and have you dose it 2-3x per day.  The problem with ferrous sulfate is that […]

The Iron Series – Iron deficiency in menstruating women

If your iron supplement doesn’t start working in 30 days or less you may be facing an iron deficiency: One of the common causes of iron deficiency is heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle.   Starting in your pre-teen years and continuing on through mid-life, month after month of losing blood via menstruation and not adequately […]