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Some thoughts from an increasingly experienced iron-deficient anemic: I once read a post mentioning that the associated hair loss won't resolve until ferritin climbs higher....maybe in the 30 range if I recall the comments correctly. It can take a while to reach those levels when the body is depleted, as it doesn't have the luxury of storing iron to increase ferritin reserves when the iron is going to the RBC production the body needs for daily maintenance. Little by little the ferritin increases through ongoing iron therapy....has taken me a long time (6-8 months) to move the dial even a few points (from one number in the teens to another number in the teens....will be retesting soon and can report back). It's likely that as you improve your stored iron levels (ferritin), the hair loss will improve and even as you make some baby steps towards those increased levels, before reaching desired target, you will likely see some incremental improvement in the hair loss quantity/frequency. You may not really need to take the healthy hair/nails supplement, as the lower ferritin level is likely the most explanatory and thus most influential factor in managing/containing hair loss. You are moving in the right direction in that the first improvement you've noted is energy levels / fatigue etc. I think that nurturing hair follicles is a comparatively low priority for red blood cells, and they only attend to that after the major functions of the body which RBCs serve (oxygenation of the blood!!!) are being addressed. So not surprising that you would see those improvements first. I take 130 mg of iron (65 mg 2x/daily) so you may have room to increase your dose or possibly also change your type of iron. Vitron C is ferronyl iron and absorption-wise, i believe it has worked better for me (2x/daily) than ferrous sulfate varieties I had been trying. Also 2x daily therapy (130 mg) - approved by my ob/gyn - of Vitron C will give you more iron overall than you are getting on your 100 mg regimen per day. You are spot on to include Vitamin C to increase absorption; it is included in the Vitron C tablet. Also, avoid tea (and possibly coffee, not as sure) within two hours of taking iron. The polyphenols in tea majorly interfere with absorption (caffeine is not the culprit). I do experience loose stools, and sometimes constipation, but won't blame this on Vitron C specifically...have been supplementing for extended basis (different brands) and have potentially irritated the gastro lining over time. I will perhaps need to evaluate the intramuscular iron injections ultimately, but my bet is that many can tolerate the Vitron C tablet (enteric coated) without getting into my GI situation, as I have intestinal issues to begin with. I also recommend blackstrap molasses (Plantation brand makes one with 20% RDA Iron in one teaspoon, or maybe it's one tablespoon...I don't care for the taste so much, and so combine it with a protein drink mix to dilute its taste) and of course red meat (heme iron). Non-heme iron (spinach, other greens) is not as readily absorbed by the body, though cooking is thought to increase the amount of iron available in dark greens (and would also consider adding lemon juice for Vit C mix-in to any cooked vegetables). I have also learned that not all red meats are created equal in terms of iron content. On the back of the packaging of the grass-fed red meat I buy is a chart showing nutrient values of all beef products.....for iron, it shows that only three varieties of grass-fed beef products contain 15% of RDA for iron [Chuck Blade Roast, 80% lean/20% fat, and 90% lean/10% fat] . Other grass-fed beefs are 8-10% of the RDA for iron, whereas grass-fed Ribeye steak is actually 0% RDA of iron, not sure why that is. Unsure whether these figures translate equivalently for non grass-fed beef product (I try only to consume grass-fed when possible) but I do feel beneficial effects from eating the 90/10 beef within an hour of eating usually. Of course there is also liver, but I can't stomach the taste. If you don't want to eat meat, oysters are a very good source of iron and of zinc. You can also cook eggs (2 large eggs contain 2mg iron, which is not a lot but good as part of iron-rich diet plan)/other foods in a cast iron skillet so that you are consuming iron via that added channel as well. Hope some of these ideas may help!
Hi again - just wanted to update you and let you know that my labs did not show improvement in ferritin (actually went down from 13 (june) to 11.6 (september)) but interestingly, the hair loss has not gotten worse and I would almost say it has improved (maybe). One theory I have is that over the summer, I was playing around with iron brands, dose levels, etc. and lost some ground that way. Having found the one that seems to work well for me, I will be interested to see what the levels may look like in ~3 months time, as I just think it takes months and months to build up ferritin for those with my anemic disposition and also, that any getting "off the wagon" as perhaps my summer experiment could be characterized, can play out with lingering effects on level for some while even while the symptoms themselves (major ones for me: shortness of breath on climbing stairs, ringing in ear, pounding heart, itching skin, hair loss) have started to lessen with my now constant and abiding intake of the same brand/type of iron at the same dose at the same times every day. Also I am trying to remember if the timing on my blood draw was affected by my cycle - post-cycle would be a time that the measure of ferritin might show at its lowest. However, I have added in a proferrin tablet a day as well!!! A worthy tip to at least see how it plays out, so thank you! Two days in only, so we'll see how it affects me but so far nothing in terms of GI distress : ) Will keep you posted on any continuing findings. Wishing you a great and fast re-entry into normalized hemoglobin and ferritin status!!
[QUOTE=littleflowerofm;5233892]Hi again - just wanted to update you and let you know that my labs did not show improvement in ferritin (actually went down from 13 (june) to 11.6 (september)) but interestingly, the hair loss has not gotten worse and I would almost say it has improved (maybe). One theory I have is that over the summer, I was playing around with iron brands, dose levels, etc. and lost some ground that way. Having found the one that seems to work well for me, I will be interested to see what the levels may look like in ~3 months time, as I just think it takes months and months to build up ferritin for those with my anemic disposition and also, that any getting "off the wagon" as perhaps my summer experiment could be characterized, can play out with lingering effects on level for some while even while the symptoms themselves (major ones for me: shortness of breath on climbing stairs, ringing in ear, pounding heart, itching skin, hair loss) have started to lessen with my now constant and abiding intake of the same brand/type of iron at the same dose at the same times every day. Also I am trying to remember if the timing on my blood draw was affected by my cycle - post-cycle would be a time that the measure of ferritin might show at its lowest. However, I have added in a proferrin tablet a day as well!!! A worthy tip to at least see how it plays out, so thank you! Two days in only, so we'll see how it affects me but so far nothing in terms of GI distress : ) Will keep you posted on any continuing findings. Wishing you a great and fast re-entry into normalized hemoglobin and ferritin status!![/QUOTE]


Sorry to hear that your levels have declined but glad to hear that you seem to have found the correct supplements that don't bother your stomach. I am taking two of the proferrin daily and I have gotten no stomach upset or constipation from them at all, they are actually easier on my stomach than the Solgar Gentle Iron was. I am hoping to get my levels checked again in a couple weeks and I will report back. By that time I will have been taking the Proferrin for just over a month and was taking the gentle iron for several weeks before that so I am hoping to see some change in my Ferritin. I have not experienced any fatique like I was before, but my hair is still shedding more than normal. thanks for your support, I hope your symptoms disappear soon!!





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