Iron Salts

On June 23, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Wonder Iron?

I keep referencing this from the Iron Disorders Institute, and I am simply wanting to put this here so I can find it more readily and to close out one of my 43 tabs currently open in the 7 windows.  Hey, this is how my brain works!

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On May 11, 2010, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

Ferritin is another iron blood test used to determine iron stores.  It is used in conjunction with additional  iron tests to determine overall iron status, as well as supplement efficacy.

Over time, ferritin levels can show how well the body is storing iron, and utilizing that iron.  It is a useful tool, especially when looking at trends.

Ranges given are simply given as a point of reference.  Your lab may use slightly different lab values.  Adapt as necessary.

This is a fasting test.  Mornings are best.

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Iron, TIBC, and Iron Sat %

On May 7, 2010, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

It seems people really have trouble understanding iron.  I get it — iron is confusing all to hell.  There’s lots of things that I look at when I am evaluating iron status.  I look at things from the CBC (HCT, HGB, MCH, MCHC, RDW), things from a Hemogram, things from the TIBC, and a Ferritin level.  Sometimes?  I even look at a protein score.  So yes, very, very confusing.

Ranges given are simply given as a point of reference from MY laboratory.  Your lab may use slightly different lab values.  Adapt as necessary.

Many labs consider this a fasting test – but not all.  At the very least, it is best drawn in the morning.

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Dr. Oz on Anemia and Exhaustion

On April 27, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

Normally, I have NOTHING for Dr. Oz to do.  Especially since he thinks I’m a drug addict since I’m a chronic pain patient (really, who’s doing my intervention this week?  Sign up sheet’s down the hall..c) but he has a somewhat easy way to explain heme vs. non-heme iron in an animation, plus a very easy way to explain non-iron-deficient anemia (ie just when your hemoglobin is low).  Keep in mind this is not the end-all answer to anemia — but it’s a basic way to help understand some basic iron terminology.

He does make a mistake — most iron supplements do not contain both heme and non-heme iron.  Only one is on the market to my knowledge, and that is Bifera.  Proferrin is the only non-liver-based heme supplement on the market (when it’s not backlogged, that is) that I am aware of currently.  Please note, I found this on his website sponsored BY Bifera.  Imagine that.

Wonder Iron

Did we need a study to prove this?  I mean, really?  (Says the girl fighting back tooth and nail from a ferritin of 7!)

Now, being me, I read the summary first.  And then I read the actual study.  I’ll post the summary first, then the takeaways from the study that I got, and then I’ll post the actual study for those who want to read it.  Cause once I got some key details?  It’s an interesting comparison of information.  Some things that don’t get mentioned..

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