Joe’s Experience with Ferritin & Recommendations

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Joe’s Experience with Ferritin

“Most of my client population have lower ferritin and this is usually because of some kind of intestinal inflammation that is not allowing the person to absorb iron well, or because of conditions like hypothyroidism.

Indeed, research shows that people with IBD, fatigue, hypothyroidism, and fibromyalgia have lower ferritin, and these are common groups among my clients.

When iron (indicated by ferritin) is lower, it can contribute to and exacerbate existing health problems, so you want to get that fixed.

I myself had ferritin on the lower end of the range when I wasn’t as healthy (about 40 to 50).

Some people are trying to get ferritin to 20 ng/ml for “anti-aging purposes,” but given the research cited here, that’s a big mistake.

I personally try to get my ferritin levels over 90 ng/ml, especially because I’m Th1 dominant and more iron is better for me.”

Recommended Ferritin Supplements for Increasing Ferritin/Iron Status Without Gut Problems

  • Ferric iron polymaltose complex + heme iron polypeptide [1]
  • Lactoferrin
  • Vitamin C
  • Lysine: The addition of L-lysine to iron supplementation resulted in a significant increase in serum ferritin concentration in some women with chronic hair loss (telogen effluvium), who failed to respond to iron supplementation alone [2]

Read more about the Dangers of High or Low Ferritin Levels & Normal Ranges here.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

As a kid, Joe suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, mood and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO and founder of SelfDecode. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.


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