Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 29, 2007

I can’t seem to get a clear understanding of how much iron I should be taking. Most of the web sites suggest getting a blood test and talking to your doctor. I’m not sure I should go back to my regular doctor with this new info and ask for a blood test and his advice. While searching, I came across this:

It is important to understand that different types of iron preparations contain different amounts of elemental (pure) iron. Iron containing varying amounts of elemental iron, as follows:

Ferrous sulfate (20% elemental iron)
Ferrous gluconate (12% elemental iron)
Ferrous fumarate (33% elemental iron)
Ferrous lactate (19% elemental iron)
Ferrous chloride (28% elemental iron)

For adults who are deficient in iron, 50 mg to 100 mg elemental iron three times daily is the recommended intake. Toxic effects of iron may occur at doses of 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron.

Very interesting information if you consider that the supplement I bought contains 10 mg of Ferrous Gluconate and Ferrous Lactate. 10 mg would be about 1% elemental iron and they recommend 50-100 mg of elemental iron three times a day?!! I think I need to seek professional advice.

Iron Solution 1 teaspoon 5mL contains:

Iron (Ferrous Gluconate and Ferrous Lactate) 10 mg
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg


May 29, 2007 - Posted by | Health |

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