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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 or iron deficiency are not always synonymous and you will want to know the difference and the importance of taking a superior iron supplement such as ironology Ferritin 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 iron supplements and wish you luck. We set our clients up for success with the ironology regimen which accompanies every order of ironology Ferritin Boost. Each regimen included with what we consider to be the best iron supplements available contains specific guidelines and tips based on many years of iron research and experience. You’ll have the absolute best chance ever at achieving iron balance and getting your life and health back on track. 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. Do you even remember what that felt like? 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 Boost Starter Kit consisting of a 3-month supply of superior iron supplements to get you well on your way to feeling better, getting your iron up and getting back to LIVING again!

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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'm  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!


Several months ago my ferritin levels were 513 and my doctor stated that if they did not come down in the next 60 days, that we would have to start aggressive medication to reduce my ferritin. I became more aggressive with my diet and started taking the IRON BLOCK supplements with my lunch and dinner. I just had my follow up labs today and my ferritin has dropped to 323! I am absolutely ecstatic, and while I cannot claim that this supplement was 100% the cause of my drop in ferritin (because I also modified my diet), I am very pleased with the result and I have ordered another 2-months supply to see if I can get my ferritin down into the sub 200 range.


Anemia runs in my family, and the apple clearly did not fall far from the tree! My career and personal favorite past times require more energy than I know how to come up with sometimes. After being absolutely exhausted of being absolutely exhausted, I found Ferritin Boost by Ironology. It has been the only supplement strong enough to make a difference, but gentle enough not to upset my stomach. Over the years, my worst anemic symptom has by far been bruising. I never knew my anemia had anything to do with the alarming amounts of bruising I was having. Thanks to Ironology, no more using foundation to cover up! I have had dangerously low iron levels in the past, to the point where I have had blurred vision and been close to passing out. Ferritin Boost has become a part of my daily routine, and something that has truly changed my life.


I've struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia for years. I was inconsistent with iron supplements due to terrible side effects. With Ferritin Boost, consistency is no problem because I have zero side effects! Ironology has been a Godsend!


I wanted to take a moment to review my Ironology IRON BLOCK supplement. I have hemochromatosis, a condition I was diagnosed with in 1999 after experiencing amenorrhea and higher levels of blood sugar without the accompanying symptoms of diabetes. As well as a general feeling of lethargy. After removing the excess iron through phlebotomy, taking IRON BLOCK and watching my diet keeps my ferritin levels just above normal and the accompanying symptoms at bay. Thank you SO much for creating this product, it is a life saver!