Question: WHAT IS A FERRITIN TEST? IS IT THE SAME AS AN IRON PANEL AND WHAT IS AN IRON PANEL?
Question: SHOULD I TEST IRON (IRON PANEL) IN ADDITION TO FERRITIN?
Answer: Yes. Since ferritin is sometimes inflated because of inflammation we recommend getting an Iron Panel in addition to the Ferritin. Relying strictly on ferritin has caused problems for some people because their ferritin is not often reflective of what is really going on.
Question: WHAT TESTS WOULD SHOW INFLAMMATION IF I THINK MY FERRITIN IS NOT ACCURATE?
Answer: The following are inflammation marker tests. CBC ~ Sed Rate ~ CRP (not the hr-CRP) ~ Fibrinogen ~ Homocysteine
Question: WHAT IRON SUPPLEMENT DO YOU RECOMMEND AND HOW DO I TAKE IT?
Answer: We have found great success with Blue Bonnet Iron Glycinate. You can buy it at Super Supplements or order it online at such stores as iherb.com. Depending on your levels you will need anywhere from 150-250mg of elemental iron a day. Each BB Iron is 27mg of elemental iron. It is preferred to split the dose in 2 and take it on an empty stomach with Vitamin C for absorption. Retest in 2 months. An IMPORTANT NOTE, iron interferes with absorption of other things like hormones so it needs to be taken separately from them. You can take thyroid meds an hour before iron or four hours after iron.
Question: HOW LONG BEFORE AN IRON OR FERRITIN TEST DO I NEED TO STOP MY IRON PILLS?
Answer: 5 DAYS
Question: WHAT IS ELEMENTAL IRON?
Answer: Elemental iron means how much actual iron is in a supplement. For example, one form is iron glycinate, and it's molecular weight is 204. If you measured out 204 grams of iron glycinate, there'd only be 56
grams of elemental iron in there, as the rest of the weight is the glycinate ion.
Sometimes on the front of the bottle it will say how many mg of the entire molecule there is, but on the supplemental facts on the back, it will say how much elemental iron there is.
The basis of recommending 200 mg is cause lots of folks who've gone before, tried smaller amounts and it didn't raise ferritin very well. As it is, taking at the recommended range can still take several months. So you don't want to waste time trying to raise with small amounts as it's time-consuming enough as it is.
If you have a doctor willing to do them, it's faster to raise ferritin with iron IVs.
Part of the problem is that the body needs T3 to hold on to iron, but then it needs iron to use T3. So it takes a lot to get the numbers up enough that the T3 is even usable. We recommend to not increase the T3 until ferritin is at 50, and then continue supplementing while raising T3 until you get to the 70-90 range. After you get up there, you can often back off or significantly lower the supplements cause the T3 will help you hold on to it. Apparently once you go low it takes a lot to bring it back up.
You have to realize that they measure in blood, but generally the cells are low long before the blood levels go low cause the blood levels are critical to life. So when you start taking it, it "refills" the cells before it does much for the blood.
~ Thanks to Jackie Patti