Recently due to a cancerous tumour I had my Iron stores (Ferritin) plummet down to 10. Now that the problem has been resolved I managed to get up to 21-26. Now I am creeping back down to 19. This is something that I really need to get higher as it hinders concentration and physical activity. From memory DR's Ferritin levels were 200! My father is around 140 and in his 60's.
I have started to take supplements as per my Natropaths instructions however does anyone have ideas as to what I can do to bolster iron through diet?
wikipedia says b12 related?...in pernicious anemia which is a result of low iron levels in blood? might want to chek it out
Thanks for the post. I have been taking B-12 for a few months now via injection from the alternative doctor. My last blood showed that I had doubled my B-12 however I will retest very soon to make sure!
The actual Iron in the blood stream is 10.4 (Range is 10.0 - 30.0 umol/L) which is JUST above the medical range however I have found the minimum in medical ranges to be insufficient.
Saturation is 15% and it should be 16-60%.
Ferritin, the iron stores, is what I am aiming to get up which is at 19. The range is 20-300 and I most certainly believe I need to be around 150.
i'm vegetarian for just over a year now and my recent blood tests showed b12 on the low side at 266 and iron near the top at 291. i attribute this to eating lots of beans : ) i am now taking 1000mcg b12 dissolving strips of the methyl variety and will get tested again in the spring
When you got cancer then you cant expect textbook blood tests...
Chemo, radiation and other traditional therapies all can create havoc in the body.
Iron supps can also be toxic. If you got cancer the borderline ferritin levels aint that important to focus on IMHO. Diet changes and lifestyle are the IMMEDIATE focus. Iron levels can take months to change even with supps.
I was diagnosed in mid October. I had already been exposed to a raw food vegan, my personal trainer, who had astonishing results. This was slowly leading me to start the lifestyle change. Once diagnosed I had ample motivation to change completely. I lost my hayfever, asthma, muckus, the whites of my eyes became brilliant rather than grey, and many many other changes. I felt a new normal and I will never settle for second best again. Apparently in about two weeks the tumor, which had been bleeding for several months, stopped bleeding. However I had only begun researching cancer and was pushed into surgery quickly and regrettably. It is very much pressured as described in the doco "Healing Cancer from the Inside Out".
Most of my bloods are really good now. My only concern was that I had started to creep down in Ferritin as I'd hope to at least maintain and possibly creep up. Also my red blood cells are still undersized which is also another symptom of low iron stores. Even on the way down through the bleeding tumor when Ferritin was 32 the red cells were small. As I am now ramping up my exercise I do feel it and my heart rate is also abnormally high which again is another symptom. Before I was diagnosed it plagued me, unknowingly, and now I want to get it normal so I can get back to kicking ass on the bike.
It has only been in the last four weeks that I discovered 30bad and 80-10-10. Adding carbs from fruit was the last piece of my raw food puzzle. Believe me my first session back with my trainer, after no exercise due to surgery, was astonishingly good due to the fact I had carbed up. He and I were both surprised. I think he will be the next person I lend 80-10-10 to.
Thank you everyone for your input.
I have been looking through my blood tests and I think I have actually figured it out!!!
C Reactive Protein (CRP) is present due to inflammation. For example surgery, anaesthetic, invasive procedure (ie colonoscopy), being a smoker. It also indicates that your Ferritin levels will be artificially elevated.
I had a look over my CRP results and sure enough a spike in CRP meant I had a big increase in Ferritin. CRP is STILL on it's way back down so I believe that it is masking my slowly rising Ferritin in the background. The more and more I look at the data the more it makes sense.
Its great how we have the internet to spend a few hours reading our tests via online medical sites that give basic break downs of blood work.
Gotta love the net and its power to access information for anyone.
no probs. I am in melb but I do travel to Brissy quite a lot and will eventually move there. hotter weather + more fruit = ideal!
Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. Have you tried eating something high in vitamin C (bell peppers, tomatoes, etc.) before/with your Iron supplements and/or greens? As DR said though, Iron takes a long time for your body to catch up on. Best wishes~
Blood Builder by Megafood is actually a great food-based iron-supplement, it's helping to get my iron levels up. It includes vitamin C along with the iron to improve absorption.
Update: My Ferritin levels are up to around 60 now. Iron is up from 10 to 15. Saturation % is up (can't remember but not borderline anymore).
Also my red blood cells are skyrocketing and the MCV (size of them) is finally dam climbing up.