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Low Iron or Anemia? You Need to Know the Difference

Low Iron or Anemia? You Need to Know the Difference

Anemia is a household word and it’s often used interchangeably with the term “low iron.” However, contrary to popular belief, anemia and low iron/iron deficiency are not always synonymous and will want to know the difference and the importance of taking a superior iron supplement such as ironologyFerritin Boost

Think of it this way:

  • Anemia is caused by lack of Hemoglobin.
  • Iron Deficiency is caused by lack of Iron.
  • Iron Deficiency with Anemia is caused by both a lack of Iron AND a lack of Hemoglobin.
  • Iron Deficiency without Anemia is the same thing as Iron Deficiency and is caused by lack of Iron, but Hemoglobin is still normal.

You can have Anemia (low hemoglobin) without having iron deficiency. That’s because anemia can be caused by issues other than low iron including infection, inflammation or blood loss. Anemia (low hemoglobin) can be detected through a finger stick blood test.

Likewise, you can have iron deficiency without having Anemia. Your iron can be low, even severely low, without yet reaching the point where your hemoglobin starts to drop. Iron levels are detected through a venous blood draw, usually from the arm.

I think it's important to note, having suffered at different times in my life with both Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anemia, the symptoms in both cases are quite similar and can be equally debilitating and severe.

Check a Ferritin, Save a Life

Therein lies the most common problem. Many doctors do NOT test for iron or check ferritin. They will sometimes do a finger stick in the office but that only checks hemoglobin. Since hemoglobin does not have to be low in order for you to be iron deficient, you can see how this would be a problem. If you are struggling with low iron, even if you mention all of your symptoms, you may not receive proper diagnosis if you doctor relies on a finger stick. If you have not yet become Anemic, meaning your hemoglobin is still normal, your concerns might be dismissed, misdiagnosed (cardiac or pulmonary referral) or incorrectly treated with medication for another ailment (i.e. anxiety, depression) when what you really need to be treated for is iron deficiency. This will never be discovered unless your doctor performs an iron panel, something so simple that can actually save a life.

Iron Absorption and the Ironology Regimen

There are many factors that influence your body’s ability to absorb iron, including but not limited to: diet; choices and combinations of certain foods and beverages; timing of meals and dosing of iron supplements and other nutraceuticals and prescription medicines. What sets ironology™ apart is that we don’t just send you a bottle of supplements and wish you luck. We set our clients up for success with the ironologyregimen which accompanies every order of ironology Ferritin Boost. Each regimen contains specific guidelines and tips based on many years of iron research and experience. You’ll have the absolute best change ever at achieving iron balance and getting your life back. Most importantly, whether you are suffering from Iron Deficiency Anemia or simply Iron Deficiency, just know that Ferritin Boost™ can help!


Are You Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?

If so, it's time to get your iron up! Imagine no longer having to take a nap midway through the day, or being able to join your friends for a movie (and actually stay awake), or taking your children to the park and not spending the entire time sitting on a park bench, or getting up off the sofa when your husband asks you to go for a walk. All of those things you have been missing are important to you and you're important to the people in your life who love you and miss you. It's time.

Click on one of the following links to go to the product page to order your first bottle of Ferritin Boost™ or the Ferritin BoostStarter Kit consisting of a 3-month supply to get you well on your way to feeling better, getting your iron up and getting back to LIVING again!

Stay well!


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Iron Block is a product that really helped me control my iron levels. Before taking the product, I had an iron saturation of 96%. After 3 months of taking the product, my iron levels were tested and my iron saturation had fallen to 37%! I take Iron Block with meals and found that it was very easy on my stomach. A wonderful product. I'd recommend it to anyone with too much iron.


Through the years, I've tried almost every iron supplement on the market. They all caused terribly unpleasant stomach issues from cramping and nausea to diarrhea and constipation. I turned to heme iron products but I didn't like taking something made from animal blood. Ferritin Boost is the only iron supplement and regimen that has worked to increase my ferritin levels without side effects!


I have tried supplements with iron in the past.  Because of my very sensitive stomach, I experienced terrible adverse reactions.  I was unable to tolerate any supplement, even with the lowest dosage of Iron Sulfate.  I am so grateful to have found Ironology Ferritin Boost!  Ferritin Boost is gentle on my stomach.  I have taken it nightly for about 3 weeks now and have been so pleased.  I have had no GI issues whatsoever.  In fact, I am already sleeping better, have no leg cramps and an increased mental acuity.  I am so encouraged and look forward to my first 90 days and what Ironology can do for my quality of life.


I know it's too soon to really notice an improvement, but so far so good! I'm 20 days in and no side effects or stomach issues taking ferritin boost!


Great news! Five weeks all iron levels improved! Ferritin 18 to 34; saturation 11% to 19%; serum Iron 45 to 63!