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best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:22 pm
by suttmes69xx
Even though I have been taking iron supplements for 2 months, my ferritin has fallen from 65.1 to 62.1. I am taking Solgar Gentle Iron (iron bisglycinate) 50 mg every other day. Even though it is gentle on my stomach, not increasing my GERD or constipation, it does not seem to improve my ferritin levels. I don't take it with calcium,caffine or milk. Just with vitamin C. I am so discouraged. any suggestions would be helpful. My Movement disorder doctor, who treats my PD, is not an expert on Iron. My PC was the one who told me to take iron only every other day for best absorption.

Re: best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:51 pm
by ViewsAskew
That isn't enough ferritin. What I've read from the RLS experts is to take 65 mg of elemental iron 3 times a day, empty stomach, with an acid, such as orange juice if at all possible. Once every other day is 1/6th of that.

Even if you take it this way, there is no guarantee it will work, sadly. Either to raise it OR to make the RLS better. That said, I believe it's worth a try.

Re: best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:16 pm
by suttmes69xx
thanks for the reply. But how is it possible to take iron 3 x a day on empty stomach. My research showed you should take it 2 hours after eating and not eat for 2 more hours.,

Re: best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:35 pm
by Rustsmith
There are a couple of important points here.

1. If you are taking iron bisglycinate, it isn't necessary to take it with orange juice or vitamin C. The bisglycinate form of the iron provides the same function as the citric acid (orange juice) or the ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
2. The important point with timing of taking an iron supplement is to get it into the intestinal tract with minimal food so that you are not getting competition to for adsorption into the blood stream. The 2 hrs after a meal guideline is more important than 2 hrs before. You also need to take into account the size of the meal. You can cheat a little and take it sooner if the meal is light. How you would manage this if you are on a 6 small meal a day regime for managing hypoglycemia could be a major problem.
3. During the time when I was taking iron sulfate/vitamin C three times a day, I would eat an early breakfast, take a pill 2 hrs later. Lunch followed by another one 2 hrs later and then the last pill at bedtime with the rest of my RLS meds.

Re: best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:14 am
by badnights
Also, there's no need to take it 3 times a day,. You can still take 6 times as much, but take it all at once. There's some indication that it will be absorbed better if you don't maintain levels by taking it all day long, rather let them drop over the course of the day and take once, at bedtime.

EDIT and you might want to consider trying a sulfate or fumarate to see if you absorb that better. Bodies can be different.

Re: best iron suppliment to increase ferritin levels?

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:08 am
by ViewsAskew
And, if it bothers you, take it with food. Sure, it reduces absorption, but better to get some than none.