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I discovered that my ferritin level was only 8 last month and 4 weeks later it is now 32. I thought I'd share what I did to help others, as I was warned it could take months to raise my levels to normal. I am vegetarian and do have quite heavy periods.

1) I took the contraceptive pill back to back to avoid a period. The doctor said it is safe to go up to three months without a period.

2) I started off on two ferrous sulphate tablets a day and raised it to three after two weeks.

3) When taking the iron tablets I took it with a glass of orange juice or vitamin c tablet to aid absorption.

4) I take two spoons of Blackstrap Molasses- one in the morning and second in the afternoon. I highly recommend this if you suffer from lack of energy as it worked well for me.

5) I added iron rich foods such a broccoli, figs, raisins and also took Brewer's Yeast once a weeks to keep my B vitamin level topped up.

6) I limited caffeine and alcohol as they inhibit iron absorption. I also avoided taking calcium the same time as iron.

My aim is to get my level to 70 and then drop the iron tablets to one a day. I will carry on taking vitamin C to increase the amount my body absorbs from the food I eat. Only 10-20% of iron from non-meat sources is absorbed by the body, but this can be increased by eating more vitamin C.

Most multivitamins with iron and slow release iron tablets are not absorbed as effectively as ferrous sulphate. If you struggle with iron tablets try Spatone.
Good luck!
@ theartyone - I would like to thank you for the below information. What a gem! :wave:


[QUOTE=theartyone;3673169]I discovered that my ferritin level was only 8 last month and 4 weeks later it is now 32. I thought I'd share what I did to help others, as I was warned it could take months to raise my levels to normal. I am vegetarian and do have quite heavy periods.

1) I took the contraceptive pill back to back to avoid a period. The doctor said it is safe to go up to three months without a period.

2) I started off on two ferrous sulphate tablets a day and raised it to three after two weeks.

3) When taking the iron tablets I took it with a glass of orange juice or vitamin c tablet to aid absorption.

4) I take two spoons of Blackstrap Molasses- one in the morning and second in the afternoon. I highly recommend this if you suffer from lack of energy as it worked well for me.

5) I added iron rich foods such a broccoli, figs, raisins and also took Brewer's Yeast once a weeks to keep my B vitamin level topped up.

6) I limited caffeine and alcohol as they inhibit iron absorption. I also avoided taking calcium the same time as iron.

My aim is to get my level to 70 and then drop the iron tablets to one a day. I will carry on taking vitamin C to increase the amount my body absorbs from the food I eat. Only 10-20% of iron from non-meat sources is absorbed by the body, but this can be increased by eating more vitamin C.

Most multivitamins with iron and slow release iron tablets are not absorbed as effectively as ferrous sulphate. If you struggle with iron tablets try Spatone.
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