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A 22-year-old male asked:

Low serum iron, normal ferritin, red blood cells and hemocrit. will 14mg iron a day raise my serum iron? it was only a little low.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Probably not: 14 mg is a very low dose because iron supplements tend to be poorly absorbed. It depends on which form of iron you use but authorities recommend 50-100 mg of elemental iron 3x/day to correct deficiencies. The best absorbed form is iron bis-glycinate but even for that form i advise 25 mg a day.
Dr. Lori Luchtman-jones
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Is your iron low?: The question is whether you really have iron deficiency anemia. You may want to talk with your doctor again about why your hematocrit is low. In iron deficiency, 1 mg per kg of elemental iron, taken 2-3 times a day, should treat the iron deficiency in 1-2 months, assuming there is not ongoing blood loss. Infections and other medical problems can lower serum iron and raise the ferritin.

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