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Several years ago we heard from a reader that eating cabbage lowered his ferritin levels. Ferritin carries iron in the bloodstream and is elevated in hemochromatosis. Others have also reported some success with this dietary approach, though it cannot substitute for expert medical care.
To lower this ferritin, it is important to remove all gluten, sugar, sodas, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, processed and take-out foods from your diet. You are encouraged to have 2 cups of fresh vegetable juice to flush your liver and body with powerful alkalinising antioxidant nutrients.
Milk Thistle Reduces Ferritin. Another exciting benefit seen in research is milk thistle’s ability to lower ferritin. One study showed a “significant decrease in ferritin” in a study looking at those with chronic hepatitis. Milk thistle may help to reduce ferritin, as shown in this study on patients with chronic hepatitis.
Low ferritin levels should be treated with liquid or iron capsules until ferritin levels rise into the 30-40 ng/mL range (this is considered the optimal range). It is possible to have high ferritin levels but low iron stores due to how ferritin's action as an acute phase reactant.
I believe that high ferritin causes inflammation not the other way around. High ferritin can cause pathogens to grow in your body causing infection, and can make the mitochondria in the cells break down causing oxidation throughout the body. It can cause diabetes brain fog and weight gain. Getting ferritin under control is crucial.
If you have symptoms associated with hereditary hemochromatosis, increased serum ferritin levels or high transferrin saturation, you need to undergo treatment. The simplest, most effective way to eliminate iron excess is through serial phlebotomy, also known as bloodletting.
As you can see, low ferritin levels are quite often just another sign of hypothyroidism. It can easily be corrected with some proper thyroid treatment. Please keep in mind that in the study referenced above there was a smaller subset of patients whose ferritin didn’t respond well to thyroid hormone.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site.
Before asking what the causes of high ferritin levels are, you may want to know what ferritin is. Ferritin is a protein in your body that stores iron and regulates its distribution. Containing about 20 percent of iron, it resides in your cells with only a small amount traveling in your bloodstream.