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Iron Deficiency and Fatigue

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Excellent iron supplements that I have taken are Floradix iron plus herbs and Enzymatic Therapy's Ultimate Iron. Both use very gentle, absorb able iron, ferrous gluconate, and ferrous succinate. They do not constipate or cause any digestive issues at all. You can read many glowing reviews of Ultimate Iron at vitacost, and also many for Floradix at amazon.com. If you get a gentle easy to digest iron, it actually helps constipation. One of the symptoms that I have found listed for iron deficiency is constipation. I have struggled with it just about my whole life, but I have been amazed at how this has disappeared since getting my iron level up. I have also been eating a lot of probiotic foods for some time now, such as kombucha, kefir and homemade sauerkraut. That helped, but I have seen even greater improvements since dealing with the iron deficiency. Ultimate Iron works just as well as Floradix and is way cheaper. You can get it at swansonvitamins.com or vitacost.com for about 12 dollars for a bottle of ninety softgels, which lasts a month and a half if you take it at the dosage of two gels a day recommended one the bottle. You absorb about 16 mg of iron from 2 softgels which are about 50 mg. of ferrous succinate. The absorption rate of ferrous succinate is about 32 percent. I take three softgels a day, as less than this doesn't improve my symtoms as well as three. I have been taking for about a month and a half and will retest my iron level at about three months.

November 9, 2010 - 10:18pm
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I had moderate fatigue and hair loss and ferritin level below 20. (To me, the fatigue was debilitating, but technically not "severe" as I was still able to physically get out of bed and drag myself to work at a desk job.) With ferritin levels below 20, I used IronSorb for about a year with no improvement. I was switched to ferrous sulfate (standard cheap drugstore tablets) and my levels finally began to rise. However, a year and half after using ferrous sulfate at 3-4 tablets (65mg each) a day (sometimes I can't tolerate 4 tabs due to headache), my ferritin is still only 40.

The fatigue improved by half within several weeks after starting ferrous sulfate and the hair shedding is somewhat improved, though it is still higher than normal.

I wish I knew what I could do to increase my ferritin to the recommended levels of 70+ to stop the hair shedding, but I am already taking the maximum amount of iron I can tolerate without headaches.

June 22, 2010 - 4:57pm
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Does anyone have a solution for her? Except intravenous iron. I think I have to try that unless I find something else, although I am a healthy male. Just low ferritin.

June 11, 2016 - 6:31am
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You can read more about iron deficiency anemia here:

June 21, 2009 - 1:27am

I was anemic as a child, and also had to take iron supplements during my pregnancies. Unfortunately, iron supplements and I don't get along very well.

So, I developed a ritual of having liver and onions at least once a month. I happen to like liver and onions, so that's a good thing. My doctors have long advised me to have a little red meat, but I can't digest that very well. Funny how liver doesn't affect me the same way. I love spinach, mollusks, lentils and other iron-rich foods.

While I'm at it, here are the Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods.

June 17, 2009 - 4:31pm

I'm currently anemic, and was told it most likely was because of my long distance running. I'm taking Slow Fe, a slow-release iron pill, and I'm wondering how it measures up to Dr. Friedman's recommended supplements.

June 17, 2009 - 4:18pm
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