At what point is the iron level too low?

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Iron is an important trace element that significantly regulates the transport of oxygen in the body. A chronic iron deficiency can lead to symptoms such as anaemia, fatigue, headaches and concentration problems. It is therefore all the more important to correctly determine a too low iron value.

1. when is the iron value too low?

There are several ways to detect low iron levels. The best way to determine the iron level is to have a blood sample taken by your family doctor. There are basically three laboratory values that are relevant:

  • Measurement of the haemoglobin value (blood pigment in the blood): standard values: women: 12 g/dl, men: 13 g/dl
  • Measurement of erythrocytes (number of red blood cells in the blood): Standard values: Women: 4.1 - 5.2 million/µl, men: 4.5 - 5.9 million/µl
  • Measurement of the haematocrit (proportion of solid components in the blood): Women: 37-45%, men: 43-49%

2. how can I increase my iron level?

Once the doctor has determined that your iron level is too low, you should increase your iron level by changing your diet or taking dietary supplements. It is important to have another test at your doctor's office after the changeover to detect any changes in your iron level early on.

3 How can I cover my iron requirements through diet?

There are some foods that contain particularly high levels of iron. These include the following foods:

  • Meat
  • Sausage
  • Fish
  • Sesame
  • Pulses
  • Linseed
  • Pistachios

It is true that iron from animal products is approximately three times better utilized than iron from plant foods.

4. food supplements containing iron

If you want to increase a too low iron level with a dietary supplement, you should definitely pay attention to the form of the active ingredient and its origin. Iron bisglycinate is particularly suitable for increasing the iron value. It is very well tolerated and is used by the body to a high degree. The preparation should also not contain any chemical additives such as magnesium stearate or microcrystalline cellulose. If you buy a preparation from Germany, you can be sure that the product has also been produced safely and is of high quality.

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5. conclusion: at what point is the iron value too low?

The iron value is too low when this is determined by a blood test at the doctor's. The haemoglobin, erythrocyte and haematocrit values play a major role in this. If they are too low, either the diet can be changed to iron-containing foods or an iron-containing dietary supplement such as iron capsules can be taken.

If you would like to know which symptoms you can use to detect iron deficiency, this blog post will help you: How to detect iron deficiency correctly


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