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Can't Donate Blood, Low Hemoglobin

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

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 August 01, 2012
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I had a full blood work done back in May and my hemoglobin was 13.2. I did not do an iron study, ferritin level, or MTHFR gene check, but I will consider getting it done next time I do blood work. I feel great and performing well at the gym. It is probably nothing to worry about considering 6.0 is the danger level for hemoglobin. Thanks for the responses. It is very helpful.

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on July 31, 2012
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When it was first posted, she asked if Paleo was the cause. It's since been edited.

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Mathgirl I don't see that she is blaming her Paleo diet (is she).

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:25 PM

and about a million other things! Shes taking methy folate so it probably doens't matter if she has the defect or not (its so flipping common)

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lots of young women of child bearing age are recommended to take prenatals a a multi-vitamin.

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on July 31, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I was on prenatal because I was planning to have a baby, but I continued to take prenatal after birth.

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on July 31, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Are you planning on having a baby in the future (reason for full prenatal, not just an iron supplement)?

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on July 31, 2012
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How can Paleo be the cause of your low hemoglobin when you had the same issue pre-Paleo?

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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.

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and about a million other things! Shes taking methy folate so it probably doens't matter if she has the defect or not (its so flipping common)

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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.

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on August 01, 2012
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I had a full blood work done back in May and my hemoglobin was 13.2. I did not do an iron study, ferritin level, or MTHFR gene check, but I will consider getting it done next time I do blood work. I feel great and performing well at the gym. It is probably nothing to worry about considering 6.0 is the danger level for hemoglobin. Thanks for the responses. It is very helpful.

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