frequently asked questions
What are the symptoms of low iron levels?
- Poor mental performance
- Low sex drive
- Trouble swallowing
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Under performing
- Restless leg syndrome
- Hair loss
- Cold all the time
WHO MAY BE AT RISK FOR IRON DEFICIENCY?
Women who are pregnant, menstruating, vegetarians, and athletes are at the greatest risk for iron deficiency.
WHAT’S FERRITIN AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in the body. When you have low iron, the number of oxygen molecules showing up to a given cell at a given time is decreased which means the capacity of that cell to create energy (ATP) is limited.
DO OUR BODIES PRODUCE IRON?
Our bodies cannot produce iron, they must gather it from the foods or supplements we ingest.
HOW TO ACCURATELY TEST IRON LEVELS?
Specific tests to order and checked at the same time: CBC, Ferritin, TIBC, Iron (Transferrin) Saturation and Serum Iron levels. It’s important to test in the morning while in a fasted state. Optimal ferritin is somewhere in the range of 70 to 150.