Proferrin Experiment: Update

On June 2, 2011, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

Wonder Iron

 

It’s no secret that I’ve had issues with my iron. I’ve tried super high doses of carbonyl iron without any response.

These are the numbers I started out with, and then a few updates along the way:

12/2/2009
HGB – 12.6  (12.0 – 18.0 g/dl)
HCT – 39.7%  (37.0 – 51.0%)
Ferritin – 11.1  (11-137 ng/ml)
Iron – 41  (37 – 170 ug/dl)
TIBC – 310  (265 – 497 ug/dl)
Iron Saturation – 13%  (20-55%)

1/4/2010

HGB – 13.13  (12.0 – 15.0 g/dl)
HCT – 38.21%  (35.0 – 49.0%)
Ferritin – 16.3  (6 – 81 ng/ml premenopausal *which seems odd cause post is 14-186….?*)
Iron – 45  (28 – 182 ug/ml)
UIBC – 326  (130 – 375 ug/dl)
TIBC – 371  (180 – 545 ug/dl)
Iron Sat – Not measured

3/8/2010

TIBC – 344  ( 250-450)
UIBC – 255 (150-375)
Serum Iron – 89  (35-155)
Iron Sat – 23%  (15-55%)
Ferritin – 23  (10-291 — with a notation that they are changing to 13-150 for Females)

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Consumer Lab Findings

On February 5, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

I just joined Consumer Lab to check out some of the supplements that we take each day.  It’s been interesting.

Some of the ones I’ve found so far -

Tropical Oasis Liquid Calcium Magnesium Orange Flavor – Calories 10, Total Carbohydrates 2 g, Natural Sugars 1.5 g, Calcium Citrate 1200 mg (252 mg elemental), Magnesium Citrate 720 mg, (115 mg elemental), Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) (100 IU), Boron Citrate 750 mcg, Calcium Citrate (21% elemental), Magnesium Citrate (16% elemental); Other Ingredients: Water, fructose, citric acid, natural orange flavor, xanthum gum, and potassium sorbate (as a preservative).

Isotonix Advanced B Complex (powder, 1 capful [3.3 grams], 1 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found no detectable B-6, only 53.1% of claimed biotin, and 79.5% of claimed folic acid

Kirkland Signature B-100 Hi-Energy Complex (1 delayed release tablet, 1 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found only 17.9% of claimed B-12

5-hour Energy – Berry (liquid, 1 bottle [2 fl oz - 59 mL], 1/2 to 2 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found only 75.5% of claimed folic acid
Found More Caffeine Than Expected:
206.5 mg per bottle5

Floradix™ Calcium Magnesium
(liquid, 2 tbsp per day)
APPROVED for calcium only
Vitamin D not determined1


Isotonix™ Calcium Plus
(powder, 2 capfuls per day)
NOT APPROVED
Only found 87% of claimed calcium

Vitron-C® High Potency Iron Plus Vitamin C (200 mg per tablet, 1-2 per day)
200-400 mg Ferrous fumarate
NOT APPROVED
Only found 36.6% of claimed Iron

Still going through, but thought these to be interesting so far..

Heads-Up: Bifera Sale

On January 11, 2011, in Minerals, by Andrea

Heme and Poly iron

Thanks to Penny at www.zombieinthekitchen.com for the heads up -

Walgreens has a $5 coupon in their in-store coupon catalog, dropping the price to $14.99.

Additionally, Walgreens.com has the price set at $14.99 already without the need of a coupon.

These two deals give you a 25% discount — which is substantial if this works for you. Deals run through end of January.

Wonder Iron?

Iron-deficiency anemia is the number one complication after all forms of weight loss surgery, but more so with RNY gastric bypass – the most popular form of WLS to date.  With more and more women turning to WLS to conceive, it can be a scary statistic, given that women are prone to anemia to begin with.

JAMA recently published a study regarding prenatal micronutrient supplementation in Nepal, a country rife with iron-deficient anemia.  This study looked at the impact of various supplements and their affects on motor and intellectual affects a few years after birth.  It reveals that prenatal iron and folate are absolutely critical.

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Wonder Iron

Something that I’ve been saying for awhile now, and nice to see a doc agree with me..

He actually recommends Proferrin.

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