Iron deficiency? & doctors
I used to donor blood. I started when I was eating SAD (altough I'm not American) and to be able to donor, I had to supplement iron. if not, my hemoglobin level was too low and I wasn't allowed to donor.
Nowadays, I'm raw and my hemoglobin is without supplementing on similar levels as when I was on SAD without supplementing.
I was for a while solving a dilemma if take iron and give blood or not to take iron and not to give blood. I decided not to take iron, but try to boost my hemoglobin level by consuming more greens, dried apricots etc (sources of iron are already discussed in other threads).
An now to my question: Doctor on hospital where blood is taken said that my blood is not good even for "notdonors". But my own doctor (to where people go with cold, flu etc.) said that it is ok, that a lot of people have lower levels of hemoglobin than tables say. I have no symptoms of lack of iron and I run long distance runs. And I suppose that my body is intelligent and produce as much hemoglobin as it needs. But if I took iron, the levels would very probably increase. Why is that? I know that a metabolism of iron is very complicated, but maybe somebody knows. BTW my doctor told me that supplementing can be dangerous because iron is stored in body.
Briefly for sure ;) : Why does supplemented iron affect hemoglobin levels when body itself already set optimal levels?