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Iron Blood Test and Iron Sulphate Supplements 

In order to get accurate results that are useful clinically follow these following directions:-

Iron Blood test

In order to get accurate results that are useful clinically follow these following directions:-

  • Iron test must be taken fasting
  • Fasting time must be between 5-12 hours any longer the iron levels in the blood start to climb
  • Avoid strenuous exercise 24 hours prior or test
  • Avoid taking iron supplements on the day and the day before 
  • If your GP will do it always get CRP measured in the same blood draw to help interpret ferritin levels more accurately.

Avoid Iron Sulphate Supplements

The iron in iron sulphate supplements are very difficult to absorb. For most people they slow stool transit time leading to constipation, turn stools dark, tarry colour and make the stool very sticky.

The reason for this is the sulphate disassociates in the large intestine and unfortunately it is poorly absorbed.

The iron supplement that works best for people depends on their condition (pregnant, anaemic, vegetarian etc), their diet, their digestive strength and how long they have had low iron more. One general rule though is to take iron on an empty stomach 30 minutes away from food.

 

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