How to raise your ferritin levels

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Ferritin levels in the blood indicate how well your body is storing iron. Low ferritin levels have been connected to chronic fatigue, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, liver disease, and autoimmune disorders. Low ferritin levels can also indicate liver, spleen, and bone marrow damage. A blood test is required to determine your ferritin level. Normal range is considered between 30 and 300 mg/dl but some doctors believe the ideal level is between 70 and 90 and anything below 60 should be treated.

Eat iron-rich foods. The iron in food has been classified into two types. "Heme-iron," found in animal products (especially liver), has a higher absorption rate by the body than does "non-heme iron," found in vegetables. A few foods, in addition to liver, that are high in heme-iron are clams, muscles, and oysters. Some foods that are high in non-heme iron are tofu, cooked beans and lentils, pumpkin seeds, cooked spinach, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.

Eat iron-enhancing food in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Iron-enhancing foods are those rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C enhances the level of iron absorption by the body. Avoid tea, coffee, and chard as these inhibit iron absorption.

Take one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in the morning and one in the afternoon. Its a food rich in iron that is quickly absorbed by the body. It will also give you an energy boost.

Snack on raisins. These are not only high in iron, but also high in vitamin C and fibre.

Take ferrous sulphate tablets (an oral iron supplement) according to the directions on the label. Take a vitamin C tablet at the same time to boost absorption.

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