I am a 35 Chinese female and have been doing Crossfit for a year. I started on a strict paleo diet four months ago and modify paleo eight months before that. I also take a multi-vitamin from Pure Encapsulations call Nutrient 950 with vitamin K. The vitamin has 800mcg of folate, but no iron. Today I try to donate blood but was refused because my hemoglobin is 10 and need a minimum of 12 to donate. This was not the first time I was refuse because of low hemoglobin. I was denied several years ago and I started taking prenatal vitamins to raise my hemoglobin and iron. However, I have not been taking the prenatal vitamins for the past 4 months because I thought Nutrient 950 should be sufficient. Should I still continue to take prenatal vitamins? I am afraid of overdosing between the multi-vitamin and prenatal vitamins. Should I switch to another multi-vitamin that has 800mcg of folate in the form of L-5-MTHF with iron?
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on July 31, 2012
at 05:50 PM
Have you been checked for the MTHFR gene? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17024648 It can be associated with low hemoglobin levels.
on July 31, 2012
at 07:30 PM
You need to know more than just your hemoglobin.
You need an iron study and ferritin level - imo.
If you are eating paleo (which typically includes a fair amount of beef and meat)and you are low iron then you may have an absorption issue.
I personally don't like multi-vitamins and prefer to take what I need (although Pure Encapsulations is a great company).
The prenatal likely has calcium and that will inhibit iron absorption.
I think you need blood work and if you need iron then take a good whole foods based iron, like Iron Extra by Vitanica. There are others too.