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I am a 49 year old woman who is very active and fit. I run long distance regularly and lift weights 2-3 times a week. I very occasionally suffer from bad RLS and night cramps, and I have learned to anticipate when an episode will occur. (I can feel it coming on in the evening as I am moving about). It almost always happens when I have been doing a lot of intense cardio workouts (usually involving the eliptical machine).
Anyway, this is usually a sign to me that I am low on iron. There was a time in my life about 10 years ago when I was very anemic and didn’t know it. At that time I was suffering terrible RLS and cramping in my legs, feet, toes and hands almost every night. Once I got my iron levels up to a normal level, the problem went away.
So I had my iron checked recently and it is sort of low, but nothing like it was. My ferritin is now 57 and I’d like to get it back up closer to 100.
I’ve been taking iron every day on an empty stomach. I was taking 50 mg of the a blend (amino acid chelate), but I recently bought iron bisglycinate 25 mg, and I’m going to start taking that.
One thing that I’ve noticed for me, is that when an unexpected episode occurs, if I get up and take Taurine 500 mg right away, it will go away and I can get right back to sleep. (Maybe I should try the iron next time just to see if it works as well.)
My specific question is for Udon, because you seem to be really knowledgeable on this topic. I have been taking my iron, Taurine, Methyl B-12, and acetyl-l-carnitine together when I have an empty stomach. Then with food I take a B50 complex, alpha lipoic acid, and benfotiamine all together. It just dawned on me when I read another of your posts that maybe I should be taking the iron alone, separately. It just gets tough because I am not someone who has an empty stomach very often so I try to take everything when I do. Also, I eat my biggest meal at night and don’t wait long before going to bed so my last chance for an empty stomach is before dinner or in the middle of the night.
I saw that you recommended to someone else to alternate the iron every other day. Maybe that is the answer for me if you think I should take it alone. I could cycle it with my other supplements. Can you give me your recommendation and thoughts? How much and how often? Do you know about the other supplements? I just want to take my supplements the most effective way that I can. Thanks in advance Udon and anyone else that wants to chime in!
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