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Just take whatever iron product you like with vitamin C to help absorption. Otherwise it just stays in your guts and gives you side effects (constipation/diarrhoea - can go either way). You cannot force this, it takes a little time (to refill your stores take iron supplements for 2-3 months). Having said that, provided you are not losing blood anywhere, your blood count will respond fairly quickly.
Hi sorry for disappearing. Thanks for the comments. I'm almost finished the ferroglobin, and I've got a bottle and a bit of Floradix plus 2 bottles of Boots iron + vit C. So when I finish all that I'll get another blood test and see where I'm at. I've also been eating as much red meat as I can (within reason!).
I instinctively feel like I've probably been anaemic since my teens (pale, crap nails, crap thin hair, crap circulation) but although I've had supplements prescribed along the way for short periods of time I don't feel it probably got fully sorted.
It's the thin hair that most bothers me and I've just got to the point where I've had enough and want my iron levels to be UP ALREADY! Ive read that 80 is the optimum for hair growth so at 26 I've a long way to go!
With me it was because I had developed quite bad ibs and was loosing weight a bit. So after checking gall bladder gp suggested I look at ibs triggers. I looked at the FODMAP diet for which milk and gluten are one triggering food but hard cheese is ok. Soft cheese isn't. (I can't remember if it's lactose that's an issue?) I'd already suspected milk as an issue.
However, after looking online (!) dairy can be a bit of an issue with iron absorption. Gp said if it can be if you're not suited to dairy.
I was able to reintroduce milk though and it's been ok but I'm going back for another iron test. If it's down again I might have my culprit (unless it's gluten!)
Milk and cheese I think. I learned about it because toddlers are often iron deficient. Cereal is enriched with iron but eaten with milk which is counter productive. I gave my toddler an egg, a weetabix made with hot water and a small glass of orange juice for breakfast. That was a day's worth of iron in one meal. Now I know the sugar was bad but hey ho, those were the days!